British Radicalism and the French Revolution, 1789-1815. Outline. Introduction Early intellectual reactions to the Revolution Radicalism and the origin of working-class activism Loyalism and popular conservatism Conclusion. Popular Radicalism and Loyalism.
British Radicalism and the French Revolution, 1789-1815
Richard Price (1723-1791)
Unitarian Minister, philosopher, political radical
Burke haunting Richard Price: Smelling out a rat; - or - the atheistical-revolutionist disturbed in his midnight calculations by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, 3 December 1790
Edmund Burke (1729/30-1797)
Portrait by Joshua Reynolds, 1774
a) literary cabal (Rousseau, Voltaire etc) determined to attack religion and with it the entire establishment b) politicians who wished to build France into a world power via a republic c) government of Louis XVI abetted revolutionaries were abetted by the stupidity of the court.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)
Portrait by John Opie, c. 1797
'The rights of man; - or - Tommy Paine, the little American taylor, taking the measure of the crown, for a new pair of revolution-breeches‘ by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, 23 May 1791
First edition from Eighteenth Century Collections Online.
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"London Corresponding Society Alarmed " by James Gillray (April, 1798)
Report to Lords on the activities of radical and reform societies. The LCS and SCI are accused of undermining the constitution by circulating literature sympathetic to Tom Paine's Rights of Man. Both groups were infiltrated by government spies and in May 1794 their leaders were arrested.HLRO Main Papers (19 May 1794)