An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture by Iain McCalman

By Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman(ed.)

For the 1st time, this leading edge reference booklet surveys the Romantic Age via all elements of British tradition, instead of in literary or inventive phrases on my own. This multi-disciplinary process treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its which means for portray, track, layout, structure, and literature-and as a ancient epoch of "revolutionary" differences which ushered in sleek democratic and industrialized society.

McCalman (Australian nationwide Univ.) has assembled a world staff of specialists, from fields as different as political heritage, pop culture, literature, faith, and medication, in an effort to create a large reference paintings at the Romantic age in Britain. the 1st a part of the e-book comprises thematic essays grouped into 4 various sections. Eschewing facile generalizations concerning the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to boost a unmarried unified subject; fairly, they sought to regard subject matters below broader headings reminiscent of "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." by means of focusing the essays during this model, McCalman simply manages to keep up an inner coherence between subject matters. The essays themselves are of top quality and mirror the newest scholarship. the second one a part of the booklet includes alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, recommendations, and traits in a couple of topics. Of specific curiosity are references to the folks and associations that make up the "radical" non secular and political activities of the period, reminiscent of Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and many of the societies they joined or encouraged. aimed toward a large viewers, this publication is a worthwhile reference instrument. advised for all public and educational libraries.

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Reeves published a series of loyal resolutions in several of the London papers, and suggested that meetings to pass similar resolutions might be held throughout the country, to which there was a widespread favourable response. Local associations played an active role in initiating prosecutions of radical printers, booksellers, and activists, and in the circulation of loyalist tracts. Although supported by the traditional political élite, the associations undoubtedly attracted the involvement of many men (and occasionally women) of lesser social standing, who eagerly grasped the opportunities offered for political participation.

The local volunteers, the third component of the country’s military force, belie the patriotism traditionally associated with them because the service they offered was limited and conditional in so many ways. With some difficulty most volunteer corps were persuaded to serve outside their localities if invasion occurred, but it proved quite impossible to amalgamate the smaller ones into the battalions that the army required. It is no exaggeration to say that the greatest armed challenge the British state had faced up to this time was met by a populace 2 · War 31 5.

Few were inclined to ask how far these developments might themselves have been prompted by the war launched on the French by the combined European powers; still fewer asked how far Burke’s work might itself have played a role in promoting this military challenge to the legitimacy of France’s revolution. Events in Britain were equally important in swinging support behind Burke’s interpretation. Between November 1790 and December 1792, popular support for reform in Britain was seen by many of the political élite as having reached epidemic proportions.

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