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5.0 out of 5 stars The surprising world of the Whigs, 2 Feb 2011
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This review is from: The Whig World: 1760-1837 (Paperback)
I guess most readers of this book would start with the certain knowledge that the Whigs were a political party, which evolved into the Liberal Party. Mitchell quickly asserts that they were no such thing: they were a cast, made up of landed people who were hopeless at winning elections but brilliant at maintaining the power that land gave them.

Mitchell makes his case thoroughly by examining their attitude to socialising (they were a very exclusive group); to London (it was theirs and they built the great squares so they could live in quiet exclusion there); to the country (they detested it); to the French (no better people); to education (they believed it could improve mankind); to religion (a dubious enterprise); to history (they owned it and it was populated with the achievements of their families - every virtuous man in the past had been a Whig.)

Elegantly and wittily written, this is a superb book.
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The Whig World: 1760-1837 by Leslie Mitchell (Paperback - 15 July 2006)
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