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Author Name:    McCARRON, Blaise Fabian

Title:   Analysis of Committee Membership in the Long Parliament from 1 April 1642 through 31 December 1642

Publisher:    Saint Mary's University, Halifax, N.S., 1980, 

Seller ID:   100445

McCARRON, Blaise Fabian. An Analysis of Committee Membership in the Long Parliament from 1 April 1642 through 31 December 1642. A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Arts in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts. Halifax, Nova Scotia : Saint Mary's University, February, 1980. Pp (11),[1]-459,(1) leaves, printed one side only. 4to, maroon cloth, white lettering to spine. "All certain and pertinent biographical information, as well as the future political affiliations in 1643, 1644 and 1648, of 469 members was codified for the use of a computer. Likewise, 783 committees, during the last nine months ot 1642, were reduced to fifty-eight types, codified, and added to the computer program. Analysis of committee membership required a breakdown of that information to ascertain if there were any patterns revealed between a member's background and committee appointments. Evidence of significant domination of one social or political groupover another was also sought. The patterns that emerge reveal a definite r elationship between economic and political involvement as well as the domination of certain political and social groups over others. The evidence supplied by those members who were appointed to committees indicates that they were commercially committed. The dominant commercial concern was investmentin the Irish Adventurer scheme. Equally evident, of members appointed, is the concern for the future political shape of the Revolution. Similarly, those who were not active on committees were overwhelmingly uninterested in economic or future political matters. Therefore, from those two perspectives, one can affirm that there was a very positive connection between committee service, economic activity, and later political involment. Social and political interests produced many disproportionate representations. The countygentry and merchant class had the largest disproportions. The county gentr y had disproportionately high representation on thirty types; the merchantson eighteen. The greater gentry, with almost half the membership of the Ho use, had disproportionately high representation on only nine types. Furthermore, the greater gentry had a lower percent of members who would be radical in 1644 and 1648 than any other class. By contrast, the lesser gentry hadthe highest percent of future solid radicals; the county gentry had a slig htly less percentage. Furthermore, both the lesser and county gentry were domi- nated by a highly active core group of future radicals. Those two classes were the major source of future 1644 and 1648 radical majorities on eighty percent of the fifty-eight committee types." (Abstract). Contents : Chapter I : Purpose and Methodology. Chapter II : 1. The Scottish Committees. 2. Security and Safety Committees. 3. Naval Commi ttees (pp 50-54). 4. ArmyCommittees. 5. Committees on the King. 6. Conference Committees. 7. Commit tees on the Operation and Affairs of the House of Commons. 8. Committees onJustice and other Legal Matters. 9. Petition Committees. 10. Economic Comm ittees. 11. Committees on Ireland. 12. Committees on Religion. 13. Executive Committees. 14. Members Who Were on No Committees. Conclusion. AppendicesA to F. ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE REQUIRED DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. Pe nned departmental name, else very good. 100.00


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