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Commerce, finance and statecraftHistories of England, 1600-1780$
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Ben Dew

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992965

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992965.001.0001

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Whig history: Paul de Rapin de Thoyras’s Histoire

Whig history: Paul de Rapin de Thoyras’s Histoire

(p.102) 5 Whig history: Paul de Rapin de Thoyras’s Histoire
Commerce, finance and statecraft
Ben Dew
Manchester University Press

Chapter five is concerned with Paul de Rapin de Thoyras’ Histoire d’Angleterre (1724–27), a work which drew on Parliamentarian and Whig ideas to provide a complete history of England from the Roman Invasion to the Glorious Revolution. The discussion opens by exploring the historiographical background to Rapin’s writing in Huguenot thought before moving on to look at his analysis of Tudor and Stuart history. Rapin, it is argued, adapted and developed earlier accounts in order to emphasise that a moderate form of Whig constitutionalism had a greater capacity to promote commerce and sound financial management than any absolutist alternative. The chapter concludes by examining Nicholas Tindal’s English translation of the Histoire, a rendering of the text which both popularised Rapin’s work and, through the use of paratextual material, questioned some of the historiographical assumptions on which it was based.

Keywords:   Paul de Rapin de Thoyras, Nicholas Tindal, Huguenot, Whig, commerce, financial management

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