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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.
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.
Introduction 1. Contexts: The Emergence of an Early Modern Port 2. Population and Demography 3. Occupation: Structure, Mobility and Succession 4. Family and Friends: Inheritance Strategies in a Mobile Population 5. Government 6. Politics Conclusion Appendices 1. Sources and Methods 2. Probate Listing 3. Overall Sample Sizes Bibliography Index
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