A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries-the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedom

A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries-the Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedom

by Edward Vallance
     
 

Rousing and hugely readable, a panoramic study of a millennium of one nation's free thinking
 
From medieval Runnymede where the Magna Carta was sealed to 20th-century Jarrow of the Jarrow March against unemployment, from King Alfred to George Orwell by way of Robin Hood and Mary Wollstonecraft, a rich and colorful thread of radicalism,

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Rousing and hugely readable, a panoramic study of a millennium of one nation's free thinking
 
From medieval Runnymede where the Magna Carta was sealed to 20th-century Jarrow of the Jarrow March against unemployment, from King Alfred to George Orwell by way of Robin Hood and Mary Wollstonecraft, a rich and colorful thread of radicalism, both real and mythic, runs through a thousand years of British history. This fascinating and vibrant study traces a national tendency towards revolution, irreverence, and reform wherever it surfaces and in all its variety. It unveils the British millworkers, miners, preachers, and intellectuals who fought and died for religious freedom, universal suffrage, justice, and liberty—and shows why, now more than ever, their heroic achievements must be celebrated. 

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"Powerful . . . a vigorous and wide-ranging account."  —Observer

"Could not be more timely. . . . An extremely instructive and comprehensive survey."  —Daily Telegraph

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ISBN-13:
9780349120263
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Pages:
646
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)

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