Riots, Rising and Revolution
Governance and Violence in Eighteenth-Century England
By (author) Ian Gilmour
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Riots, Rising and Revolution by Ian Gilmour
Book DescriptionBritain in the eighteenth century was deeply divided; riots over politics, food and religion were endemic. Despite the relative liberty of English institutions; the penal code was the harshest in Europe - stealing a handkerchief was a capital offence. In this brilliant history of the hidden side of the eighteenth century, Ian Gilmour argues that violence usually stemmed from the incompetence or arrogance of the ruling class. He tells the story of the great rebellions - of Scotland in 1715 and 1745, of Ireland in 1798 - and the famous episodes of Wilkes and Gordon. But he also paints a vivid picture of the vicious discipline of the army, skulduggery at elections, the class violence of industrial struggles, the ritual violence of duelling and the swingeing punishment of poachers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712655101
(234mm x 153mm x 28mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Byron and Shelley lived in the stormy age of the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars and the post-Napoleon reaction. They became close friends, and though they are usually thought to have been very different from each other, Gilmour shows that they had more in common than is usually recognized.
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Author Biography - Ian Gilmour
Ian Gilmour has been a barrister, journalist, politician and writer. His previous books include: The Making of the Poets: Byron and Shelley in Their Time; Dancing With Dogma, an analysis of Britain under Thatcherism; and Britain Can Work; and The Body Politic.
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