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British ‘non-élite’ MPs 1715–1820

Ian R. Christie


In the 18th century, the considerable degree of social mobility in British society, especially between the upper and middling ranks, was arguably one of the important factors contributing to political and social stability. The extent of that mobility among the members of the nation’s legislature was particularly important in this regard. In this analysis, the book examines how far the House of Commons reflected and was itself affected by such social mobility. Enquiry is directed at the growth in number of ‘non-élite’ members of parliament; men without land. The book gives a sense of the fabric ... More

Keywords: British society, 18th century, social mobility, social stability, legislature, House of Commons, non-élite members

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian R. Christie, author
University of London