Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries and Pornographers in London, 1795-1840

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This highly acclaimed study draws on information from spy reports and contemporary literature to look at English popular radicalism during the period between the anti-Jacobin government "Terror" of the 1790s and the beginnings of Chartism. The book traces for the first time the history of theunderground revolutionary-republican grouping founded by the agrarian reformer, Thomas Spence. Challenging conventional distinctions between "high" and "low" culture, McCalman illuminates the darker, more populist sides of Romanticism. Radical Underworld broadens the conventional boundaries ofpopular politics and culture by exploring a political underworld connected with poverty, crime, prophetic religion, and literary culture.
 

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Contents

Thomas Evans and the revolutionary
7
The libertinist literary canon From Pisanus Fraxi pseud
22
Evans and unrespectable
26
Robert Wedderburn and Methodist
50
George Cannon and rationalist
73
Spences successor 181417
97
Spencean strategy and culture
113
the preacher as insurrectionary
128
politics religion
181
obscene populism and pornography
204
Holywell Street in 1851 Guildhall Library drawing by T C
218
Conclusion
232
Notes
238
Select bibliography
293
Index
326
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