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By Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman(ed.)

For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference e-book surveys the Romantic Age via all elements of British tradition, instead of in literary or creative phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary strategy treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its which means for portray, tune, layout, structure, and literature-and as a ancient epoch of "revolutionary" variations which ushered in sleek democratic and industrialized society.

McCalman (Australian nationwide Univ.) has assembled a world staff of specialists, from fields as assorted as political background, pop culture, literature, faith, and drugs, for you to create a vast reference paintings at the Romantic age in Britain. the 1st a part of the publication includes thematic essays grouped into 4 varied sections. Eschewing facile generalizations in regards to the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to enhance a unmarried unified subject; really, they sought to regard issues below broader headings comparable to "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." by means of focusing the essays during this style, McCalman simply manages to take care of an inner coherence between themes. The essays themselves are of top quality and replicate the newest scholarship. the second one a part of the ebook includes alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, suggestions, and traits in a few matters. Of specific curiosity are references to the folk and associations that make up the "radical" non secular and political pursuits of the period, equivalent to Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and some of the societies they joined or encouraged. aimed toward a large viewers, this booklet is a priceless reference software. advised for all public and educational libraries.

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In response to the spread of this extra-parliamentary reform movement, the wide dissemination of Paine’s work, and the proliferation of reforming handbills, chap-books, poems, songs, and squibs being pumped out by radical presses both in London and in the provinces, the government issued a Royal Proclamation Against Seditious Writings and Publications in May 1792 and inaugurated a prosecution for libel against Paine for Rights of Man: Part the Second. But while several hundred county and borough meetings sent in loyal addresses to the king through the summer of 1792, the government’s confidence was not helped by a spate of food *riots, or by the fierce rhetoric which peppered the societies’ correspondence with France, expressing support and admiration for their revolution and sometimes the wish to emulate it.

The prominence of the militia in the protests of 1795 ought also to be a reminder that militarization and loyalty did not necessarily go hand in hand. During the next food crisis, in 1800, numerous volunteers took the side of the populace they were meant to control, though two years earlier they had enlisted under their officers for the defence of the country. ’ Clearly, national defence patriotism coexisted with other loyalties, invariably superseding these when the threat of invasion was very real but at other times having to accommodate and even submit to them.

Burke’s reaction to events in France was seen as extreme by many of his contemporaries— some took it as a sign of madness. Yet his Reflections marked out a position for a conservative ideology, and a celebration of the distinctive character of the English inheritance which came to exert a powerful influence over this and subsequent decades. Burke characterized the choice in stark terms: either to accept the status quo, or to jeopardize the Englishman’s liberties, his culture, and his civilization.

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