In Praise of Ordinary People

Early Modern Britain and the Dutch Republic

  • Editors
  • Margaret C. Jacob
  • Catherine Secretan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Margaret Jacob, Catherine Secretan
      Pages 1-16
  3. A New Self-Perception

  4. The Capabilities of Ordinary People and the Birth of the Commercial and Industrial World

  5. New Approaches to the Populist Voice

  6. Forging the Individual

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-290

About this book


The discipline of social history has still not given enough attention to the ways in which the perceptions and roles of "ordinary" people changed over time. In these fascinating British and Dutch cases, we see how the study of this evolution imparts historical texture and enables us to understand early modernity with greater clarity.


Britain England enlightenment history individual industrial revolution novel perception revolution social history

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2013
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-47926-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-38052-4
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