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

By Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman(ed.)

For the 1st time, this leading edge reference e-book surveys the Romantic Age via all elements 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, track, layout, structure, and literature-and as a old 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 diversified as political background, 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 assorted sections. Eschewing facile generalizations concerning the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to increase a unmarried unified subject; particularly, they sought to regard issues lower than broader headings similar to "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." through focusing the essays during this style, McCalman simply manages to keep up an inner coherence between subject matters. The essays themselves are of top of the range and mirror the newest scholarship. the second one a part of the ebook comprises alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, techniques, 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 hobbies of the period, equivalent to Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and a few of the societies they joined or encouraged. geared toward a large viewers, this publication is a worthy reference software. instructed for all public and educational libraries.

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Such regiments enabled Scots to take pride in imperial victories and conquests as their own achievements as much as England’s, at the same time as they confirmed the survival of Scots national ‘spirit’ and that version of Scotland’s past built around this national identity. While Scottish militarism went from strength to strength in the nineteenth century, the urban militarism of the Napoleonic period dwindled with the disbandment of the auxiliary forces. ) As long as the war continued, however, urban interest in military service was unabated, and the patriotic crowd became a particular feature of urban life.

Prior to the Napoleonic wars, the militia issue—the question of whether Scotland should provide for its own defence—had focused feeling about national self-respect and the disappearance of that Scotland which had negotiated the Union as a free and equal party. The army recruited heavily in Scotland for both the Seven Years War and the American War, and turned immediately to this resource on the outbreak of war in 1793. This was only the beginning of a massive military effort in which militia and volunteers gave Scots the satisfaction of providing for their own defence as well as offering their contribution to the defence of the southern kingdom.

The government found it necessary to introduce mechanisms for the support of the families of its soldiers and sailors, and for those of the militia sent to Ireland, thereby extending the role of the administration into forms of welfare provision which would have warmed Paine’s heart! 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.

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