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By Iain McCalman, Jon Mee, Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite, Kate Fullagar, Patsy Hardy

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For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference booklet surveys the Romantic Age via all points of British tradition, instead of in literary or inventive phrases on my own. This multi-disciplinary procedure treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms--its that means for portray, track, layout, structure, and literature--and as a old epoch of "revolutionary" modifications which ushered in glossy democratic and industrialized society.

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22 1 · Revolution From the early summer of 1792, when the first Royal Proclamation Against Seditious Writings was issued and prosecution against Paine’s Rights of Man: Part the Second was inaugurated, the establishment suffered recurrent bouts of anxiety about the prospect of a political and social revolution. These anxieties were not groundless, nor should we dismiss the loyalists’ campaign as mere rhetoric. Many experienced the spread of popular radical literature as deeply threatening, and feared that social equality was firmly on the agenda for many radical sympathizers.

From a doctrine demanding a political revolution for the defence of rights and liberties, Paine came to advance demands for something much closer to a social revolution. Nor was he alone; in Britain he was attacked by radicals such as Thomas *Spence for failing to go far enough in his critique of private property, and *Spenceans became and remained prominent members of the radical societies well into the nineteenth century. It is not surprising that the issue of political reform should come to be portrayed in highly polarized and polemicized terms, even though early radicalism was without doubt reformist rather than revolutionary in character.

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