By Iain McCalman
For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference booklet surveys the Romantic Age via all elements of British tradition, instead of in literary or creative phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary procedure treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its which means for portray, track, layout, structure, and literature-and as a historic epoch of "revolutionary" modifications which ushered in glossy democratic and industrialized society.
McCalman (Australian nationwide Univ.) has assembled a world group of specialists, from fields as varied as political heritage, pop culture, literature, faith, and medication, with a view to create a extensive reference paintings at the Romantic age in Britain. the 1st a part of the ebook includes thematic essays grouped into 4 diverse sections. Eschewing facile generalizations concerning the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to improve a unmarried unified topic; quite, they sought to regard issues lower than broader headings similar 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 includes alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, options, and developments in a couple of topics. Of specific curiosity are references to the folk and associations that make up the "radical" non secular and political routine of the period, akin to Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and some of the societies they joined or encouraged. geared toward a large viewers, this e-book is a priceless reference software. instructed for all public and educational libraries.
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Extra resources for An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832
If it is claimed that mass involvement in war created a nationalistic and militarized populace, it does not necessarily follow that this was also a loyal populace. Early nineteenth-century Britain was characterized by the growth of popular radicalism, *trade unions, and nonAnglican religion which at times converted into huge popular movements presenting a formidable challenge to the old order. Even during the war itself the patriotic crowd did not completely displace its protesting counterpart.
As a ruling device, patriotism is seen operating to best effect in the towns, where incumbent élites, interested in developing civic cultures and often faced with the problems of controlling large, disparate populations, readily appreciated how it could be used to unify their communities and secure their authority. National defence and the concerns of urban rulers meshed perfectly. For one thing, patriotic activity mostly suppressed divisions within local élites, including the enmities usually present in corporate towns where an ‘outsider’ group challenged an entrenched municipal oligarchy.
And the state developed for the ﬁrst time a substantial domestic intelligence network, which had its greatest impact in the last years of the decade, when the suspension of habeas corpus allowed the government to take preventative action by detaining radicals on rather doubtful evidence. A good deal of this activity is continuous with the traditional, post-1688 role of the state as a ﬁscal-military apparatus, designed to raise money and ﬁght wars. From the 1790s to 1815 it achieved this on an unprecedented scale, but most of its activities were similar in kind to those it had undertaken throughout the century.