British Clubs and Societies 1580-1800: The Origins of an Associational World

Framsida
OUP Oxford, 6 jan. 2000 - 534 sidor
Modern freemasonry was invented in London about 1717, but was only one of a surge of British associations in the early modern era which had originated before the English Revolution. By 1800, thousands of clubs and societies had swept the country. Recruiting widely from the urban affluent classes, mainly amongst men, they traditionally involved heavy drinking, feasting, singing, and gambling. They ranged from political, religious and scientific societies, artistic and literary clubs, to sporting societies, bee keeping, and birdfancying clubs, and a myriad of other associations.
 

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Introduction
1
Emergence To 1688
26
National Expansion 16881760
60
An Associational World 17601800
94
Engines of Growth
141
Membership
194
Organization
234
Regional and Ethnic Societies
274
Freemasons
309
Benefit Clubs
350
Overseas
388
Impact
430
Conclusion
470
INDEX
493
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Sida 10 - Amongst those that remained there were several young men who cast themselves into a club, and laying down every one an equal proportion of money, put it into the hand of our^ friend Anne Travers, desiring her to lay it out for them in provisions, and send them in every day a mess of hot meat; and they kindly invited me to come into their club with them.

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