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

By Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman(ed.)

For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference ebook surveys the Romantic Age via all points of British tradition, instead of in literary or creative phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary technique treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its which 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 workforce of specialists, from fields as varied as political background, pop culture, literature, faith, and drugs, on the way to create a huge reference paintings at the Romantic age in Britain. the 1st a part of the booklet comprises thematic essays grouped into 4 varied sections. Eschewing facile generalizations concerning the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to enhance a unmarried unified topic; relatively, they sought to regard issues below broader headings comparable to "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." via focusing the essays during this model, McCalman simply manages to take care of an inner coherence between issues. The essays themselves are of top of the range and mirror the most recent scholarship. the second one a part of the booklet includes alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, options, and tendencies in a few matters. Of specific curiosity are references to the folk and associations that make up the "radical" spiritual and political pursuits of the period, reminiscent of Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and a number of the societies they joined or encouraged. aimed toward a large viewers, this ebook is a important reference software. suggested for all public and educational libraries.

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During the war the degree of local autonomy was demonstrated in the abject failure of the provisional cavalry in 1797 and of Pitt’s Additional Force in 1804–5, and in the way communities protected themselves against militia ‘conscription’. Volunteer corps were to a significant degree organized and financed, and had their officers chosen, without reference to the state. Their localism, in defiance of the army and the county lieutenancies, could be pronounced. Britain had yet to become a modern state, if only because too much independent military authority remained within its boundaries and compulsory military service was still incompletely enforced.

Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries and Pornographers in London, 1795‒1840, Cambridge, 1988; Philp, M. ), The French Revolution and British Popular Politics, Cambridge, 1991; Thompson, E. , The Making of the English Working Class (1963), Harmondsworth, 1968. j. e. cook son ‘Limited’ and ‘total’ war have been terms used to indicate the massive escalation of European war that occurred between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries. As descriptive categories ‘limited’ and ‘total’ war may serve well enough, but to conceptualize them is exceedingly difficult, if not impossible.

However, his claims were challenged after 1798, when authoritative estimates of the national income began to be prepared and the first census, with accompanying work, settled the debate about *population. While it continued to be possible to make the theoretical point that war was growth-retarding, the mass of available data showed that in Britain impressive growth had occurred in spite of the country having to fight the greatest war in its history. The American conflict influenced attitudes to war in one other significant respect.

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