x, 229 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-223) and index.
1 Political Prints and Cartoon Satires 14 -- 2 Literature and Literary Society 39 -- 3 Natural and Necessary Enemies? Anglo-French Diplomacy 66 -- 4 British Expatriate Community in France 1748-1815 94 -- 5 Citizens of the World? English Peripatetics in France, 1748-1815 120 -- 6 Francophilia and the Elite 145.
This book examines the impact of French society on English culture in the second half of the eighteenth century. In an age when the inexorable rise of the middle class was being driven forward by industrialization, the English aristocracy stood apart from the trend towards commercial repeatability, and reveled in all that was best in cosmopolitan fashion and ideas. Welcoming the French Revolution as a re-enactment of 1688, they watched the onslaught of Bonaparte in horror as their world descended into terror.