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The British periodical press and the French Revolution, 1789-99 /
Stuart Andrews.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2000.
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xi, 280 p.
ISBN
0333738519
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2000.
isbn
0333738519
catalogue key
4088310
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stuart Andrews is Chairman of the Trustees and Managers of the Wells and Mendip Museum
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Andrews (Mendip and Wells Museum) has produced a useful discussion of the "debate on the French Revolution" as it was carried out in the British literary reviews of the 1790s, focusing primarily on the fear mongering by anti-Jacobins, which was inflamed to serve the domestic political agenda of Prime Minister Pitt. The key character was Edmund Burke, whose conversion to Pitt's political agenda and subsequent contribution to the "government's propaganda armoury" strengthened the Pittites. Constitutional reform in Britain was squashed and branded "Jacobinical," and the term "Jacobin" was used as an all-purpose epithet much as the term "communist" was used in 1950s America. Andrews argues that these polarizing tendencies of Burke and the Pittites "misleadingly obscured a variety of rhetorical nuances," and that there was a "middle ground," which should be more noted by historians. The author has carefully read his sources, and his book should interest specialists in British reactions to the French revolution as well as readers interested in the roots of modern conservatism, or the roles played by Cobbett, Wollstonecraft, dissenters, and millennialists in late-18th-century British thought and politics. Graduate students and faculty. M. T. Scholz Grays Harbor College
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A book like this is something one can recommend to undergraduate and graduate students with confidence that it will do much good... The Wordsworth Circle
A book like this is something one can recommend to undergraduate and graduate students with confidence that it will do much good...The Wordsworth Circle
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Main Description
This study challenges the conventional polarities employed to describe British politics of the 1790s: Pitt versus Fox, Burke versus Paine, Church versus Dissent, ruling class versus working class, Jacobin versus anti-Jacobin.
Main Description
This study challenges the conventional polarities used to describe British politics of the 1790s: Pitt versus Fox, Burke versus Paine, Church versus Dissent, ruling class versus working class, Jacobin versus anti-Jacobin. Such polarities were sedulously promoted by Pitt's wartime government, which applied "Jacobin" shamelessly to all its critics and opponents, and thus foreshadowed the McCarthyite tactic of guilt by association. The author seeks to make the less strident but more persuasive contemporary voices again audible. He takes seriously those who who deplored Britain's alliance with the partitioners of Poland.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Bastille Euphoriap. 1
Burke Rebuttedp. 14
Instant History: Burke, Godwin and the Annual Registersp. 28
War, Sedition and Censorshipp. 42
Pitt the Apostate: Beddoes, Coleridge and The Watchmanp. 56
Canning's Counterattack: the Weekly Anti-Jacobinp. 69
'Jacobin Poetry': Southey, Cottle and Lyrical Balladsp. 83
Smears and Subsidies: the Monthly Anti-Jacobinp. 97
'Jacobin Morality': the Wollstonecraft Memoirsp. 111
'Jacobin Prints': Courier and Star, Chronicle and Postp. 124
Reviewers Reviewed: Monthly and Criticalp. 138
Murder by Ridicule: the End of the Analyticalp. 152
Cromwell's Ghosts: Republicans and Dissentersp. 166
Millennialism and Poperyp. 179
Transatlantic Comparisons: American Porcupinep. 192
Jacobins and Anti-Jacobinsp. 204
Burke's Jacobinsp. 217
List of Abbreviations used in the Notesp. 221
Notesp. 222
Bibliographyp. 260
Indexp. 263
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