Penelope Corfield Papers on Academia.edu

Emeritus Professor Penelope Corfield has uploaded papers on Academia.edu. To view click on paper title.

TEACHING HISTORY’S BIG PICTURES: INCLUDING CONTINUITY AS WELL AS CHANGE

Argues for the importance of teaching history in multiple dimensions, including not only gradual change and rapid change, but also deep continuities.

‘WE ARE ALL ONE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD’: CHRISTOPHER HILL AND THE HISTORICAL MEANINGS OF RADICAL RELIGION

Examines the intellectual context of the ideas of historian Christopher Hill, including both his early Methodism and later Marxism.

HISTORY & THE CHALLENGE OF GENDER HISTORY, followed by debate with ” From Women ” s History to Gender History: A Reply to ” Playing the Gender History Game ” “

Welcomes the depth and richness of the history of men, women and gender; but rejects the argument (now not so common) that women’s history will introduce an entirely new historical epistemology. A challenge from two feminist supporters of ‘herstory’ is included, plus a critical reply.

CLASS BY NAME AND NUMBER IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND

Analyses the concepts, language and realities of social class in eighteenth-century England. An older terminology of ‘sorts’ slowly disappeared. ‘Class’ arrived but fuzzily, not in a rigid manner. There was no consensus as to how many classes there were.

DRESS FOR DEFERENCE AND DISSENT: HATS AND THE DECLINE OF HAT HONOUR

Explores the use of hats in seventeenth and eighteenth-century England for the expression of either deference or dissent. Changing manners of meeting and greeting testified to slow social changes. Hat honour gradually attenuated from the full flourish to a more limited acknowledgement.

THE RIVALS: LANDED AND OTHER GENTLEMEN

Explores the continuous broadening of the concept and social application of the English gentleman from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The appellation never referred exclusively to landowners; and, over time, the rival usages became ever more socially diversified.

WALKING THE CITY STREETS: THE URBAN ODYSSEY IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND

A pen portrait of the vitality and energy of eighteenth-century urban life, with special reference to the city streets.

” GIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE TOWN ” : THE EARLY TOWN DIRECTORIES 1

A survey of the early town directories in key British towns and cities in the 1770s and 1780s. These were pioneering information systems, publicly available, designed to help people orient themselves in the expanding towns.

EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LAWYERS AND THE ADVENT OF THE PROFESSIONAL ETHOS 1

Examines the role of eighteenth-century lawyers in eighteenth-century England, in establishing an ethos of professionalism.

FROM POISON PEDDLERS TO CIVIC WORTHIES: THE REPUTATION OF THE APOTHECARIES IN GEORGIAN ENGLAND

Examines the changing reputation of the apothecaries in eighteenth-century England. The absence of formal qualifications allowed many quacks to flourish – and left uncertain the dividing line between reputable and disreputable practitioners.

Business Leaders and Town Gentry in Early Industrial Britain: specialist occupations and shared urbanism 1

https://www.academia.edu/30458942/Business_Leaders_and_Town_Gentry_in_Early_Industrial_Britain_specialist_occupations_and_shared_urbanism_1

NORWICH ON THE CUSP – FROM SECOND CITY TO REGIONAL CAPITAL

This essay was first published in 2004 in the major two-volume history of Norwich, edited by C. Rawcliffe and R.G. Wilson. Norwich’s changing role from the late eighteenth century onwards reflected Britain’s own urban reconfiguration, as well as the relative eclipse of the North Sea economy. ..

Historians and the Return to the Diachronic

This essay, first published in 2010, reconsiders an important theme for historical studies. In-depth analysis of short periods of micro-history is surely valuable. Yet micro-history means little without understanding the long-term frameworks of macro-history. Old models of inevitable progress or …

‘Eighteenth-Century Britain and Spain: Do their Imperial Histories fit into a Common Grand Narrative?’

This web-published essay (2013) is an expanded from a lecture (2009) given at a Conference on Spain and the British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century. The discussion looks at various long-term cyclical and linear models for explaining the rise and fall of empires.

CITIES IN TIME

This essay, published as the final chapter in Peter Clark (ed.), Oxford Handbook to Cities in World History (2013), assesses the role that urban development has played in major theories of world history, and analyses the elements of continuity, slow change and dramatic upheaval.

Britain’s Political, Cultural & Industrial Revolutions: As Seen by Eighteenth-Century Observers and Later Historians

 This essay, first web-published in Danish research journal Literature, Culture & Media (2013), reveals the many uses of the term ‘Revolution’ to Britain by eighteenth-century observers and compares their verdicts with those of later historians.

‘An Age of Infidelity’: secularization in eighteenth-century England

This essay presents evidence for a gradual spread of secular ideas, attitudes, behaviour and social/cultural organisations in the context of (limited) religious toleration in eighteenth-century Britain.

LONDON ELECTORAL HISTORY 1700-1850 – PROTO-DEMOCRACY

This essay explains and defines the emergence of Proto-Democracy in Eighteenth-Century London, as prepared by P.J. Corfield for publication in E.M. Green, P.J. Corfield and C. Harvey, Elections in Metropolitan London, 1700-1850: Volume 1 Arguments and Evidence (Bristol, 2013), pp. 55-67.

Lords & Ladies – Eighteenth-Century Titles, Status and Precedence

This essay explains the rankings of titles for men and women, plus the contemporary rules of precedence, which were current in eighteenth-century Britain, as prepared by P.J. Corfield for publication in E.M. Green, P.J. Corfield and C. Harvey, Elections in Metropolitan London, 1700-1850: Volume 1.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

vauxhall front cover

Penny’s ‘Vauxhall. Sex and Entertainment’ which is published under my imprint History & Social Action Publications is available for £5 plus postage – sean.creighton1947@btinternet.comsean.creighton1947@btinternet.com

Penny’s web site

http://www.penelopejcorfield.co.uk

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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