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Description - Riots, Rising and Revolution by Ian Gilmour

Britain 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 Details

ISBN: 9780712655101
ISBN-10: 0712655107
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x 28mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Pimlico
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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