A War of Ideas: British Attitudes to the Wars Against Revolutionary France, 1792–1802

1st Edition

Emma Vincent Macleod

Routledge
Published August 6, 2018
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9781138320598 - CAT# K391754
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

The responses of British people to the French Revolution has recently received considerable attention from historians. British commentators often expressed a sense of the novelty and scale of European wars which followed, yet their views on this conflict have not yet attracted such thorough examination. This book offers a wide-ranging exploration of the attitudes of various groups of British people to the conflict during the 1790’s: the Government, their supporters and their opponents inside and outside Parliament, women, churchmen, and the broad mass of British public opinion. It presents the debate in England and Scotland provoked by the war both as the sequel to the French Revolution and as a distinct debate in itself. Emma Vincent Macleod argues that contemporaries saw this conflict as one of the first since the wars of religion to be significantly shaped by ideological hostility rather than solely by a struggle over strategic interests.

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