By Iain McCalman
For the 1st time, this leading edge reference publication surveys the Romantic Age via all facets of British tradition, instead of in literary or creative phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary technique treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its which means for portray, track, layout, structure, and literature-and as a historic epoch of "revolutionary" adjustments which ushered in sleek democratic and industrialized society.
McCalman (Australian nationwide Univ.) has assembled a world crew of specialists, from fields as varied as political background, pop culture, literature, faith, and medication, that allows you to create a large reference paintings at the Romantic age in Britain. the 1st a part of the ebook includes thematic essays grouped into 4 varied sections. Eschewing facile generalizations in regards to the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to strengthen a unmarried unified subject; particularly, they sought to regard subject matters less than broader headings resembling "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." by way of focusing the essays during this type, McCalman simply manages to keep up an inner coherence between issues. The essays themselves are of top quality and replicate the newest scholarship. the second one a part of the publication includes alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, recommendations, and traits in a couple of matters. Of specific curiosity are references to the folk and associations that make up the "radical" non secular and political pursuits of the period, corresponding to Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and a number of the societies they joined or encouraged. geared toward a large viewers, this ebook is a priceless reference software. prompt for all public and educational libraries.
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War in the age of Marlborough and Frederick the Great was, however, ‘limited’ by the enormous constraints imposed by poor communications, small industrial sectors, and labour-intensive production which were not lifted until the emergence of industrial societies in the nineteenth century. 4. The Death of Major Pierson by John Singleton Copley (1783), his most celebrated and consciously heroic history painting. 2 · War 27 There is much irony in this, because the *Enlightenment  encouraged the view that war would become increasingly anachronistic with the spread of commercial civilization.
Few were inclined to ask how far these developments might themselves have been prompted by the war launched on the French by the combined European powers; still fewer asked how far Burke’s work might itself have played a role in promoting this military challenge to the legitimacy of France’s revolution. Events in Britain were equally important in swinging support behind Burke’s interpretation. Between November 1790 and December 1792, popular support for reform in Britain was seen by many of the political élite as having reached epidemic proportions.
On the other hand, the ‘Great War’ (as the nineteenth century named it) was not solely responsible for shaping this ethos, for the same attitudes were beginning to receive ample expression from about the end of the Seven Years War. According to Linda Colley’s analysis, if war with revolutionary and Napoleonic France shaped British society in any way, it was in its nation-making effect. This could be said to reinforce the conventional view that the Napoleonic wars were the ‘wars of the nations’: that once organized mass resistance became the price of state survival, wars became struggles between peoples whose ﬁghting spirit depended on appeals to save the patrie and the ideals and values it was made to enshrine.
An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832 by Iain McCalman