The Influence of Rhetoric in the Shaping of Great Britain: From the Roman Invasion to the Early Nineteenth Century

Portada
University of Delaware Press, 1986 - 321 pàgines
This first history of public speaking in Great Britain traces the development of the ideas, ideals, and institutions that formed the character of the British people and nation. By focusing on critical moments in British history, it examines the role of persuasive leadership and the careers of great leaders, and presents influential speeches in their historical settings.
 

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Preface
9
Rhetoric and HistoryFunctions of Persuasion
11
Culture ShapingThe Rhetorical Contribution
27
Drawing TogetherThe Role of Talk
47
A New Idea EmergesThe Balance of Interests
64
New Problems New Solutions The Professionalizing of Rhetoric
80
Crisis and ConfrontationDetermining the Mastery
104
Muddling ThroughRoyalty Restrained
130
Concern for the Little ManReligion and Reform
187
The Rights of EnglishmenDebating the American War
207
Imperialism on TrialThe Indictment of British Rule over India
234
The Specter of JacobinismEffects on the Discussable
248
The Problems of IrelandA Rhetorical Battleground
264
ScotlandA Rhetorical Highland
283
Epilogue
303
Selected Readings
307

ElitismThe Rhetoric of Privilege
150
The People Find a VoiceThe Elder William Pitt
171

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