The Scottish People and the French Revolution

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This is the first modern scholarly study of the political culture of Scotland during the 1790s. Harris compares the emergence of 'the people' as a political force in Scotland with popular political movements in England and Ireland. He is the first to analyse Scottish responses to the French Revolution across the political spectrum; explaining Loyalist as well as Radical opinions and organisations. He also takes regional difference into account, moving scholarly attention beyond Edinburgh and Glasgow. This book adds significantly to the growing wealth of studies into the popular politics of the 1790s. It also sets the context for current scholarly debates about Robert Burns' engagement with the French Revolution.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Eighteenth-Century Roots of Scottish 'Jacobin' Politicsp. 13
Newspapers, the French Revolution and Public Opinionp. 45
'The True Spirit of Liberty': Scottish Radicals, 1792-4p. 75
Checking the Radical Spiritp. 115
Volunteers, the Militia and the United Scotsmen, 1797-8p. 147
Bread, Dearth and Politics, 1795-1801p. 185
Conclusionp. 223
Notesp. 235
Works Citedp. 307
Indexp. 329
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