Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries and Pornographers in London, 1795-1840
CUP Archive, Mar 3, 1988 - History - 338 pages
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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Thomas Evans and the revolutionary
The libertinist literary canon From Pisanus Fraxi pseud
Evans and unrespectable
Robert Wedderburn and Methodist
George Cannon and rationalist
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Spencean strategy and culture
the preacher as insurrectionary
philosophes and populists
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