Revolution Debate: Britain in the 1790s

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I.B.Tauris, Nov 14, 2006 - History - 198 pages
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The late 18th century, especially the 1790s, was a fateful period for Britain and all parts of the world where European influence was felt. The disintegration of French absolutism unleashed a global crisis and vital features of modernism in politics took center stage-democracy, nationalism, mass military mobilization on a scale later seen in world wars, and even colonial revolt. Chris Evans shows how in Britain, long fermenting, touched all sectors of society. This study, based on the latest historiography shows how all these issues were sharpened by the Revolution and how it resulted in the widespread if gradual modernization of the British state in the following century.
  

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Contents

a narrative
15
Politeness and the public sphere in Enlightenment Britain
29
Political mobilisation and the people in the 1790s
45
Secrecy and revelation in the political culture of the 1790s
67
Hunger and political economy
85
Gender and sensibility in the age of revolution
107
Remembering the 1790s
127
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Chris Evans is Lecturer in History at the University of Glamorgan.

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