Liverpool, 1660-1750

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Liverpool, 1660-1750

People, Prosperity and Power


June 1st, 2006



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Liverpool was unique among English towns in the rate of its commercial development from the late seventeenth century. Liverpool, 1660–1750 provides the first significant detailed published study of the social and political structure of the town during this crucial period. The authors utilize a number of methodological approaches to early modern Liverpool, using parish registers, probate material and town government records to consider the characteristics of marriage, birth and death in a fast-growing and mobile population; the occupational structure, family lives and connections of workers in the town; and the political structures and struggles of the period. It is hoped that this book will provide a stimulus to further investigation of Liverpool’s early and precocious eighteenth-century growth.

... it is (and is likely to remain for some considerable time) the definitive study of Liverpool’s early demography and the authors are to be congratulated for bringing this important and difficult material to publication.

Urban History,

Author Information

Diana E. Ascott is an honorary Fellow in the School of History at the University of Liverpool. Fiona Lewis is a freelance researcher. Michael Power, who died shortly before this book was published, was an honorary Senior Fellow in the School of History at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
List of Illustrations
1. Commercial, Diplomatic and Scientific Travellers
2 Passionate Pilgrims
3. Audubon and Catlin: Artists of the American Wilderness
4. Herman Melville: Redburn
5. Nathaniel Hawthorne, American Consul
6. Social Observers
7. African American Campaigners, Abolition and Evangelism
8. Lecturers and Reformers
9. The American Civil War
10. Overviews of the City and Public Events
Further Reading