New PDF release: An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture

By Iain McCalman

ISBN-10: 0199245436

ISBN-13: 9780199245437

Iain McCalman(ed.)

For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference e-book surveys the Romantic Age via all features of British tradition, instead of in literary or inventive phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary process treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its that means for portray, tune, layout, structure, and literature-and as a historic epoch of "revolutionary" ameliorations which ushered in smooth 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 drugs, as a way to create a wide 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 advance a unmarried unified subject matter; particularly, they sought to regard topics below broader headings equivalent to "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." via focusing the essays during this style, McCalman simply manages to take care of an inner coherence between subject matters. The essays themselves are of top of the range and replicate the most recent scholarship. the second one a part of the ebook comprises alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, ideas, and developments in a few topics. Of specific curiosity are references to the folks and associations that make up the "radical" non secular and political events of the period, similar to Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and some of the societies they joined or encouraged. aimed toward a large viewers, this e-book is a important reference device. urged for all public and educational libraries.

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He blamed war on monarchical governments encouraged by equally self-interested, parasitical aristocracies who were concerned only for power and reputation. On the other hand, claimed Paine, a democratic future would also be a warless future. Only establish representative governments and the real interests of populations would be asserted against the unnecessary waste and misery of war. However, although anti-war argument was strongly advanced on occasions, it had little effect on British policy and public attitudes, which were profoundly shaped by the long struggle with powerful France from 1689, sometimes called the ‘Second Hundred Years War’.

To see the Anglo-French wars of the eighteenth century simply as wars for trade and colonies is to miss a key point: the French state, larger in territory and population, militarily superior, and strategically placed to launch an *invasion, was always conceived as a gigantic threat to Britain itself. Trade, furthermore, was considered vital to national security, since it provided the wealth that narrowed the disparity of power between Britain and France. War rhetoric in eighteenth-century Britain 28 2 · War consistently presented France as the country’s ‘natural’ enemy, and stressed the theme of national danger to the extent that it is unrecognizable as the language of ‘limited’ war.

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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