Power and the Professions in Britain, 1700-1850


'Not simply pioneering, but also readable and entertaining.' - F M L Thompson, University of London This book identifies the growth of the professions as a key element in Britain's modernization from 1700 to 1850. Professional power depended ultimately upon public trust in specialist knowledge, but the professions were subjected to a torrent of ridicule and satire. This analysis of the rise of the professions during this period centres on a discussion of the philosophical questions arising from the complex relationship between power and knowledge.