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Defining a British State (Studies in Modern History)by Lisa Steffen
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This book explores the formation of the British state and national identity from 1603-1832 by examining the definitions of sovereignty and allegiance presented in treason trials. The king remained central to national identity and the state until Republican challenges forced prosecutors in treason trials to innovate and redefine sovereign authority. Although jurors resisted the change, by the 1790s parliament and prosecutors accepted that treason law protected all Britons and the general safety of the state.
Book News Annotation:
Steffen (history, U. South Carolina, Spartanburg), in a revision of her doctoral dissertation, suggests that Britain's concept of the state changed in 1820 through the actions of prosecutors at treason trials. Using extensive research into parliamentary accounts, statutes, and collections and accounts of trials, Steffen traces the development of the idea of state and national identity by retracing the stories of treason trials since the 17th century. In the process, we learn of the particular concerns and historical circumstances of the kings and queens as they shifted the laws accordingly.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Lisa Steffen teaches at the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg.
Table of Contents
Treason, Allegiance and Sovereignty in England, 1608-1688 * Dynastic Treason: National Identity after the Glorious Revolution * A British Law of Treason, 1709-1783 * Republican Treason and National Identity in the 1790s * The "General Safety of the State": Treason from 1816-1820 * Conclusion * Bibliography * Index
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