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How the Country House Became English

The story of how the country house, historically a site of violent disruption, came to symbolize English stability during the eighteenth century.
Country houses are quintessentially English, not only architecturally but also in that they embody national values of continuity and insularity. The English country house, however, has more often been the site of violent disruption than continuous peace. So how is it that the country how came to represent an uncomplicated, nostalgic vision of English history? This book explores the evolution of the country house, beginning with the Reformation and Civil War, and shows how the political events of the eighteenth century, which culminated in the reaction against the French Revolution, led to country houses being recast as symbols of England’s political stability.

368 pages | 74 halftones | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Architecture: British Architecture

History: British and Irish History

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Englishness and the Country House
1Violence and the Country House, I: The Reformation
2Violence and the Country House, II: The Civil War
3Reflections on the Non-Revolution in England
4No Such Thing as a British Country House
5The Empire Does Not Strike Back
6Fog in Channel

Further Reading
Photo Acknowledgements

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