New Book | The Gentleman’s House in the British Atlantic World

Posted in books by Editor on June 18, 2015

From Palgrave Macmillan:

Stephen Hague, The Gentleman’s House in the British Atlantic World, 1680–1780 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 264 pages, ISBN: 978-1137378378, $90.

image-service.aspThe eighteenth-century Georgian mansion holds a fascination in both Britain and America. Between the late seventeenth century and 1780, compact classical houses developed as a distinct architectural type. From small country estates to provincial towns and their outskirts, ‘gentlemen’s houses’ proliferated in Britain and its American colonies.

The Gentleman’s House analyses the evolution of these houses and their owners to tell a story about incremental social change in the British Atlantic world. It challenges accounts of the newly wealthy buying large estates and overspending on houses and materials goods. Instead, gentlemen’s houses offer a new interpretation of social mobility characterized by measured growth and demonstrate that colonial Americans and provincial Britons made similar house building and furnishing choices to confirm their status in British society. This book is essential reading for social, cultural, and architectural historians, curators, and historic house-enthusiasts.

Stephen Hague teaches modern European, British and British imperial history at Rowan University in New Jersey. Previously, he held the SAHGB Ernest Cook Trust Research Studentship at Oxford University, UK, and is a Supernumerary Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He has published essays on the intersection of social, cultural, and architectural history.

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1  Introduction
2  The Gentleman’s House in Context
3  Building Status
4  Situating Status
5  Arranging Status
6  Furnishing Status
7  Enacting Status
8  Social Strategies and Gentlemanly Networks
9  Conclusion


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