The British Periodical Press And French Revolution, 1789-99

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This study challenges the conventional polarities used to describe British politics of the 1790s: Pitt versus Fox, Burke versus Paine, Church versus Dissent, ruling class versus working class, Jacobin versus anti-Jacobin. Such polarities were sedulously promoted by Pitt's wartime government, which applied "Jacobin" shamelessly to all its critics and opponents, and thus foreshadowed the McCarthyite tactic of guilt by association. The author seeks to make the less strident but more persuasive contemporary voices again audible. He takes seriously those who who deplored Britain's alliance with the partitioners of Poland.

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A book like this is something one can recommend to undergraduate and graduate students with confidence that it will do much good... The Wordsworth Circle

In his fifth book on the 18th century, a British museum administrator contributes to the "Debate on the French Revolution" by challenging modern perceptions of the debate colored by British propaganda on the polarities of the tumultuous pre-Napoleonic 1790s: the ruling class vs. working class, Prime Minister Pitt vs. revolution supporter Fox, British statesman Burke vs. American firebrand Thomas Paine, and radical republican Jacobins vs. anti- Jacobins. He contrasts the acerbic monthly with the more moderate partisan literary reviews on French egalitarian ideals. Includes a list of anti-Burke publications, and a few period illustrations from the British Museum. Andrews' study assumes familiarity with the subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333738511
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/8/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart Andrews is Chairman of the Trustees and Managers of the Mendip and Wells Museum.

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Table of Contents

Bastille Euphoria
• Burke Rebutted
• Instant History: Burke, Godwin and the Annual Registers
• War, Sedition and Censorship
• Pitt the Apostate: Beddoes, Coleridge and The Watchman
• Canning's Counterattack; the Weekly Anti-Jacobin
• "Jacobin Poetry": Southey, Cottle and Lyrical Ballads
• Smears and Subsidies: The Monthly Anti-Jacobin
• "Jacobin Morality":The Wollstonecraft Memoirs
• "Jacobin Prints": Courier and Star, Chronicle and Post
• Reviewers Reviewed: Monthly and Critical
• Murder by Ridicule: The End of the Analytical
• Cromwell's Ghosts: Republicans and Dissenters
• Millennialism and Popery
• Transatlantic Comparisons: American Porcupine
• Jacobins and Anti-Jacobins

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