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Rethinking 'loyalty' in eighteenth-century Britain

McCormack, M. (2012) Rethinking 'loyalty' in eighteenth-century Britain. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 35(3), pp. 407-421. 1754-0208.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This article explores the meanings and applications of the term ‘loyalty’ in Britain between 1688 and 1815. Political historians today employ the term in an instrumental way to connote obedience, nationalism, conservatism and monarchism: this finds its expression in the phenomenon of ‘loyalism’. This article instead argues that ‘loyalism’ was not a current term in the eighteenth century, and that ‘loyalty’ had specific meanings for different political groups. It could connote a religious, a legal or an emotional tie: as such, the changing concept of ‘loyalty’ is indicative of the shifting relationship between the individual and the state
Uncontrolled Keywords: loyalty, loyalism, politics, emotion, patriotism, monarchy, Britain
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA498 1714-1760
Creators: McCormack, Matthew
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > School of Social Sciences (to 2016)
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > History
Date: September 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 407-421
Journal or Publication Title: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Volume: 35
Number: 3
Language: English
ISSN: 1754-0208
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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