Faculty of Social Sciences

Lawrence Klein: ”The Culture of Politeness in Eighteenth-Century Britain”

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Humanistiska teatern - Eng22-0008
  • Organiser: Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar; Otto Fischer, Section for Rhetoric, Uppsala University; and Karl Axelsson, Södertörn University
  • Contact person: Ann Öhrberg
  • Seminarium

Uppsala Interdisciplinary 18th Century Seminar in co-operation with Prof. Otto Fischer, Section for Rhetoric, Uppsala University, and PhD Karl Axelsson, Södertörn University

Dr Lawrence Klein, Chair of the History Faculty, University of Cambridge: ”The Culture of Politeness in Eighteenth-Century Britain”


Presentation
In the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Britain underwent a growth of political and social stability. At the same time, ideas about ‘politeness’, and practices associated with it, became conspicuous in both London and the regions. This lecture considers how polite culture contributed to the growth of stability in eighteenth-century Britain. The answer pivots on the ways that politeness helped to foster civil society.