By Iain McCalman
For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference e-book surveys the Romantic Age via all points of British tradition, instead of in literary or inventive phrases on my own. This multi-disciplinary strategy treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms-its which means for portray, song, layout, structure, and literature-and as a old epoch of "revolutionary" changes which ushered in glossy democratic and industrialized society.
McCalman (Australian nationwide Univ.) has assembled a global staff of specialists, from fields as different as political background, pop culture, literature, faith, and medication, for you to create a huge reference paintings at the Romantic age in Britain. the 1st a part of the ebook comprises thematic essays grouped into 4 diversified sections. Eschewing facile generalizations in regards to the Romantic period, the authors didn't search to advance a unmarried unified subject; relatively, they sought to regard subject matters lower than broader headings corresponding to "Transforming Polity and Nation" and "Culture, intake, and the Arts." by means of focusing the essays during this model, McCalman simply manages to keep up an inner coherence between themes. The essays themselves are of top quality and replicate the newest scholarship. the second one a part of the booklet includes alphabetical entries of occasions, personalities, strategies, and tendencies in a couple of matters. Of specific curiosity are references to the folks and associations that make up the "radical" spiritual and political events of the period, resembling Thomas Spence, Joseph Brothers, and Joanna Southcott, and a number of the societies they joined or encouraged. aimed toward a large viewers, this e-book is a priceless reference instrument. prompt for all public and educational libraries.
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On this account, however, what insured the government against collapse, in a period of acute domestic and international stresses, was its capacity to generate through participation a degree of national identity and unity. This allowed the government to sustain sufﬁcient credit with the people to ensure popular support of its policy. By the end of the Napoleonic wars the British state had pulled through the crisis, but in large part it had done so by helping to bring into being something like a national political culture with a national political agenda.
The world position Britain assumed as a result of the Napoleonic wars renewed the vision of a warless world, with commerce having an important part in its making. Such views can seem to indicate a society that was complacent about its institutions, conﬁdently insular against foreign states, and not conspicuously militaristic—though it felt an imperial destiny. 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.
Similarly, the Union ﬂag and the national anthem and some other songs became afﬁrmations of British identity appropriated by all and sundry. It is possible to examine popular attitudes more closely to test the depth of patriotic commitment during the war when, for obvious reasons, it can be expected to have been maximized. In spite of the nation’s military effort, the popular image of the soldier as one who relinquished the freedoms of civilian existence for slavery, exile, and (very likely) horrible death remained ﬁrmly ﬁxed.