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Title: Civic society in eighteenth century Ulster c1740-1780
Author: Meaney, L.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 9912
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2012
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The aim of this thesis is to examine civic society in Ulster towns from the mid to late .' eighteenth century. The study will also make comparisons and contracts between the towns that were developing rapidly throughout the century. It will study the econonic, social and political development of Derry and Strabane and the towns of east Ulster, Armagh, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Newry and Lisburn. The thesis will trace the commercial growth of these towns, examining the type of industries that were established and the various goods that were imported and exported. It will also look at the role of the merchantile community, especially in relation to Belfast. The study will also examine the social life of Ulster towns. It will provide an anlysis of the various type of events enjoyed both by the elite and general populace that took place throughout the province. They included the siege commemorations in Derry, street processions in Belfast, the theatre, balls, concerts, cock-fighting and horse racing. The thesis will also explore the different type of clubs and societies that were established in the different towns. The thesis will also look at politics in Ulster in the eighteenth-century. It will examine the role played townspeople and the merchant classes in urban politics. Beginning in the 1750s, the study will trace how the politicisation of Ulster towns developed through the establishment of 'patriot' clubs, mass circulation of pamphlets and the election of 'independent' candidates. In the end a more in-depth anlysis of civic society in eighteenth-century Ulster will have emerged.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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