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Defining John Bull: Political Caricature and National Identity in Late Georgian England

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Overview

Late Georgian England was a period of great social and political change, yet whether this was for good or for ill was by no means clear to many Britons. In such an era of innovation and revolution, Britons faced the task of deciding which ideals, goals and attitudes most closely fitted their own conception of the nation for which they struggled and fought; the controversies of the era thus forced ordinary people to define an identity that they believed embodied the ideal of 'Britishness' to which they could adhere in this period of uncertainty.

Defining John Bull demonstrates that caricature played a vital role in this redefinition of what it meant to be British. The public's increasing interest in political controversies meant that satirists turned their attention to individuals and the issues involved. This long reign was marked by political crises, both foreign and domestic and caricaturists responded with an outpouring of work that led the era to be called the 'golden age' of caricature. These multitudinous prints, produced in response to public demands and sensitive to public attitudes, indicate much more than simply what interested Britons during the late Georgian era.

In the face of domestic and foreign challenges that threatened to shake the very foundations of existing social and political structures, the public struggled to identify those ideals, qualities and characteristics that seemed to form the basis of British society and culture, and which were the bedrock upon which the British polity rested. During the course of this debate, the iconography used to depict it in graphic satire changed to reflect the redefinition of existing ideals. Caricature produced during the reign of George III expressed visually, new concepts of Britishness.

Contents: Caricature and the British public
Caricature and the Constitution, c. 1760-1788
Dissenters, levellers and revolutionaries
Britannia, John Bull and national identity
The rights of Englishmen
Majesty, morality and the monarchy
Caricatures and the British Polity
Index
Index of caricatures.


About the Author:
: Tamara L. Hunt, Professor, Department of History, University of Southern Indiana, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840142686
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 484
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1 Caricature and the British Public 1
2 Caricature and the Constitution, c. 1760-1788 23
3 Dissenters, Levellers and Revolutionaries 68
4 Britannia, John Bull and National Identity 121
5 The Rights of Englishmen 170
6 Majesty, Morality and the Monarchy 230
7 Caricatures and the British Polity 292
Notes 311
Works Consulted 402
Index of Caricatures 426
Index 438
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