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The British Periodical Press and the French Revolution, 1789–99

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 1-13
  3. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 14-27
  4. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 42-55
  5. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 138-151
  6. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 152-165
  7. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 179-191
  8. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 192-203
  9. Stuart Andrews
    Pages 204-216
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 217-280

About this book


This study challenges the conventional polarities used to describe British politics of the 1790s; Pitt versus Fox, Burke versus Paine, Church versus Dissent, ruling class versus working class, Jacobin versus anti-Jacobin. Such polarities were sedulously promoted by Pitt's wartime government, which applied 'Jacobin' shamelessly to all its critics and opponents, and thus foreshadowed the McCarthyite tactic of guilt by association. The author seeks to make the less strident but more persuasive contemporary voices again audible. He takes seriously those who questioned the necessity for Burke's crusade to destroy the French republic, and who deplored Britain's alliance with the partitioners of Poland.


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About the authors

STUART ANDREWS has written four other books on the eighteenth century, the most recent being The Rediscovery of America (1998). Besides teaching, he has worked as a librarian, as the editor of a professional journal, as a school inspector and as a freelance lecturer. He has also been Headmaster of Norwich School and of Clifton College, and is currently Chairman of the Trustees and Managers of the Mendip and Wells Museum.

Bibliographic information


'Stuart Andrews's analysis of how the British press reacted to the French Revolution shows that the rhetoric of the age can still be discussed clearly and untechnically without any loss of scholarly rigour. Convinced of the importance of language in shaping what happened, he brings a lucid style of his own, and a sharp eye for a telling quotation, to this wide-ranging survey. The result is a sure guide to a decade of debate which laid the intellectual foundations of modern politics throughout the English speaking world.' - William Doyle, Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol

'Will become essential for students of the early romantic era and the tumultuous 1790s'. - Kenneth Johnston, Department of English, Indiana University