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By Arthur Burns

Combining the learn of famous younger students, this ebook revisits Britain's much-studied "age of reform", earlier than and after the nice Reform Act of 1832. It demonstrates that "reformers" was hoping to reform not just parliament, executive, the legislation and the church, but additionally medication and the theater, between different entities. whereas the research focuses totally on Britain, it is usually essays on eire, the Empire and continental Europe. a considerable creation presents an summary of the interval and its historiography.

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F. C. Harrison, Learning and Living 1790–1960: A Study in the History of the Adult Education Movement (London, 1961), ch. 2; see also the literature on mechanics’ institutes, below n. 121. J. C. D. ), English Radicalism, 1550–1850 (forthcoming) – following the lead of John Galt’s novel The Radical (1832) – equates ‘radicalism’ with utilitarianism, materialism, and atheism. But contemporaries used the term more variously. For Place, see Dudley Miles, Francis Place, 1771–1834: The Life of a Remarkable Radical (Brighton, 1988).

For selective deindustrialization, see Sidney Pollard, Peaceful Conquest: The Industrialization of Europe, 1760–1970 (Oxford, 1981), 21–3. Introduction 29 reforming lobbies had nostrums to peddle: a reduction in the number of death sentences; improvements in prison discipline; more welfare casework; greater discrimination in the payment of poor relief; education, education, education! 92 Against this background of economic and social anxiety, a variety of intellectual and cultural struggles were played out.

Paul M. Hayes, The Nineteenth Century, 1814–80 (London, 1975), 76–90. Clive H. Church, Europe in 1830: Revolutions and Political Change (London, 1983). , 79 (1994), argues that events in France played a crucial part in enlivening the English parliamentary-reform movement. For developing ideas about the nature of British exceptionalism, see J. W. ), Reform in Great Britain and Germany. For disenchanted radicals, see Weisser, British Working-Class Movements, 34–41. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Samuel Romilly, 3 vols.

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