Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 December 2000

224 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719048036

Bookseller Code (06)


Revolutionary Britannia?

Reflections on the threat of revolution in Britain, 1789-1848

Edward Royle

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Europe was swept by revolution in the period from 1789 to 1848
  • Britain, alone of the major western powers, seemed exempt from this revolutionary fervour
  • The governing class attributed this exemption to divine providence and the soundness of the British Constitution
  • This view has been upheld by historians for over a century
  • This book provides students with an alternative view of the potential for revolution and the resources of conservatism in early industrial Britain which challenges many of the common assumptions
  • Incorporates quotations from primary sources to give the reader a critical sense of why revolution was taken seriously by people at the time
  • Shows how the revolutionaries were defeated by the government's propaganda against revolutionary sentiments and the strength of popular conservatism

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