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Title: In Pursuit of Civility: Manners & Civilization in Early Modern England
Author: THOMAS KEITH
Publication date: 14/04/2020
Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED
The renowned historian Keith Thomas has written a peerless study of the place of civility in the shaping of English society between the early sixteenth and the late eighteenth centuries. Dramatic changes in court fashion and manners took place, but equally important was the emergence of an urban trading and manufacturing class with new values and standards of behavior. Traditional notions of class, gender, social custom, and “Englishness” would all be affected by the upheavals of the period. Civility emerged in contrast to barbarism, as England took its first steps towards global domination. Displaying a true master’s grasp of the period, Thomas offers a compelling and wide-ranging analysis of the connections between changing notions of civility, the justification of colonial expansion, and the invention of race.