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Scandal : the sexual politics of the British constitution / Anna Clark.

Author/Creator:
Clark, Anna.
Publication:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2004] , ©2004
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (328 p.)
Subjects:
Sex -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Sex -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Political corruption -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Political corruption -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Scandals -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Scandals -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Are sex scandals simply trivial distractions from serious issues or can they help democratize politics? In 1820, George IV's "royal gambols" with his mistresses endangered the Old Oak of the constitution. When he tried to divorce Queen Caroline for adultery, the resulting scandal enabled activists to overcome state censorship and revitalize reform. Looking at six major British scandals between 1763 and 1820, this book demonstrates that scandals brought people into politics because they evoked familiar stories of sex and betrayal. In vibrant prose woven with character sketches and illustrations, Anna Clark explains that activists used these stories to illustrate constitutional issues concerning the Crown, Parliament, and public opinion.
Contents:
Introduction
Wilkes, sexuality, and liberty: how scandal transforms politics
Influence or independence: women and elections, 1777-1788
Edmund Burke and the Begums of Oudh: gender, empire, and public opinion
Scandal in an age of revolution
From petticoat influence to women's rights?
The Mary Anne Clarke affair and the system of corruption
Queen Caroline and the sexual politics of the British constitution
Sexual scandals and politics, past and present.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed November 9, 2013).
ISBN:
0-691-11501-X
1-4008-4954-3
OCLC:
899266252
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