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By Iain McCalman, Jon Mee, Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite, Kate Fullagar, Patsy Hardy

For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference booklet surveys the Romantic Age via all facets of British tradition, instead of in literary or creative phrases on my own. This multi-disciplinary technique treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms--its which means for portray, song, layout, structure, and literature--and as a historic epoch of "revolutionary" adjustments which ushered in glossy democratic and industrialized society.

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At the same time, even *loyalists found that the status quo was not an unalloyed blessing. Paine’s republican writings, and a whole spate of popular pamphlets, squibs, *prints [22], and broadsheets, provided insistent satirical puncturing of the political élite, laughing at their titles and pretensions and finding nothing but corruption and self-interest beneath their protestations of public service and civic virtue. This debunking of the élite was deeply corrosive, both because it threw into question claims to the natural character of political and social authority and because it articulated a set of doubts about aristocratic culture and its influence which could be held even by otherwise conservative members of the middle classes.

1 · Revolution 19 rights and liberty against the order of society, and to see the right of reform as inherent in the sovereignty of the people, was to threaten the fundamental laws of nature. Burke’s reaction to events in France was seen as extreme by many of his contemporaries— some took it as a sign of madness. Yet his Reflections marked out a position for a conservative ideology, and a celebration of the distinctive character of the English inheritance which came to exert a powerful influence over this and subsequent decades.

If few saw the choice so bleakly when the Reflections were published in November 1790, many were persuaded to do so by the second half of the decade. One factor in their thinking was, without doubt, the way that events in France seemed pantomimically to fulfil Burke’s worst fears. The widespread massacre of prisoners in Paris in September 1792, the outbursts of insurrection and civil war within France, the construction of the Terror, and the internationalization of the revolution through conquest made Burke’s version of 1789 seem powerfully prescient.

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