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In Pursuit of Civility : Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England - by Keith Thomas (Hardcover)

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Keith Thomas’s earlier studies in the ethnography of early modern England, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Man and the Natural World, and The Ends of Life, were all attempts to explore beliefs, values, and social practices in the centuries from 1500 to 1800. In Pursuit of Civility continues this quest by examining what English people thought it meant to be “civilized” and how that condition differed from being “barbarous” or “savage.” Thomas shows that the upper ranks of society sought to distinguish themselves from their social inferiors by distinctive ways of moving, speaking, and comporting themselves, and that the common people developed their own form of civility. The belief of the English in their superior civility shaped their relations with the Welsh, the Scots, and the Irish, and was fundamental to their dealings with the native peoples of North America, India, and Australia. Yet not everyone shared this belief in the superiority of Western civilization; the book sheds light on the origins of both anticolonialism and cultural relativism. Thomas has written an accessible history based on wide reading, abounding in fresh insights, and illustrated by many striking quotations and anecdotes from contemporary sources.
Number of Pages: 356 p. ;
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: Social History, Europe
Series Title: Menahem Stern Jerusalem Lectures
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brandeis Univ
Book theme: Great Britain, General
Author: Keith Thomas
Language: English
Street Date: June 5, 2018
TCIN: 53269250
UPC: 9781512602807
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-6618
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