A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries: The Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedoms

A Radical History of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries: The Men and Women Who Fought for Our Freedoms

by Edward Vallance
     
 

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From medieval Runnymede to twentieth-century Jarrow, from King Alfred to George Orwell by way of John Lilburne and Mary Wollstonecraft, a rich and colorful thread of radicalism runs through a thousand years of British history. In this fascinating study, Edward Vallance traces a national tendency towards revolution, irreverence, and reform wherever it surfaces and

Overview

From medieval Runnymede to twentieth-century Jarrow, from King Alfred to George Orwell by way of John Lilburne and Mary Wollstonecraft, a rich and colorful thread of radicalism runs through a thousand years of British history. In this fascinating study, Edward Vallance traces a national tendency towards revolution, irreverence, and reform wherever it surfaces and in all its variety. He unveils the British people 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. Beginning with Magna Carta, Vallance subjects the touchstones of British radicalism to rigorous scrutiny. He evokes the figureheads of radical action, real and mythic—Robin Hood and Captain Swing, Wat Tyler, Ned Ludd, Thomas Paine, and Emmeline Pankhurst—and the popular movements that bore them. Lollards, Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, and Chartists, each has its membership, principles, and objectives revealed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781408700501
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Pages:
656
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Vallance completed his BA and PhD at Balliol College, Oxford. From 2000-02 he was the DeVelling Willis Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He is now a lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Liverpool.

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