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Title: Senior military officers, politics, and the country estate in Britain, c. 1700-1750
Author: Ingram, Dominic C. D.
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis investigates how senior military officers (generals and admirals) in the army and navy interacted with and integrated into elite society in late Stuart and early Georgian Britain both during their years of active service and afterwards. A valuable tool with which to analyse these officers is the country estate, the basis of the landed elite's political, economic, social, and cultural power. This thesis therefore explores the acquisition and development of country estates, and officers' political participation in Parliament, at court, and in the political and social life of their localities. This raises and helps to answer important questions about how senior military officers in the first half of the eighteenth century used their country estates, and what social, cultural, and political activities they engaged in. Examining these issues is crucial to understanding the place of senior military officers in Britain during this period, and consequently aspects of elite society more generally. This thesis brings together multiple historiographical traditions, with architectural and garden history playing important roles alongside social and political approaches. It is therefore a highly interdisciplinary piece of research which draws on many different strands of scholarship. The purpose in this study of the country estate (and other houses and properties where relevant) is therefore to act as a medium through which to discuss wider issues such as estate acquisition and development, material culture, patronage and personal relationships, and senior officers' wider interaction with politics. The latter could take many forms, be that jostling for a peerage, a place at court, membership of the House of Commons or Lords, or cultivating a family interest in a local parliamentary seat.
Supervisor: Smith, Hannah Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Military history ; Architectural history ; Eighteenth-century Britain ; History