Associational culture

Debating Society by Cruikshank, Isaac, Published 5th May 1795 by Laurie & Whittle, London. Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University.

Debating societies

DUTHILLE Rémy
Debating societies became well-established institutions in London and provincial cities, catering for the taste for public debate among the lower and middling sorts. Topics could be frivolous, but when societies debated politics, religion, and the economy they were felt to voice threateningly radical opinions.
Fictitious portrait of Robert Burns, by John Burnet, after Sir William Allan line engraving, circa 1838. NPG D32438 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Edinburgh clubs and societies

JUILLET-GARZON Sabrina
This entry gives an overview of the clubs and societies in Edinburgh during the long eighteenth century. These were indeed a reflection of the expectations of the Scottish society.
Three Arcadians, published by John Smith, mezzotint, circa 1683-1729. © National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG D11802

Literary Academies

RENUCCI Léa
À distance ou en présence, les académies littéraires se font lieu d’interactions et de sociabilités intellectuelles à l’époque moderne. Des académies royales hautement institutionnalisées aux académies salonnières italiennes, elles incarnent les pratiques lettrées et savantes dans les milieux intellectuels européens.
Methodism

Methodism

LABRUNE Pierre
One of the main events in religious history in Britain and colonial America in the eighteenth century was the development of Methodism. That evangelical revival brought about new conceptions of religious sociability and started controversies on the place of individual and collective discipline within the Established Churches in Britain.

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