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Radical Conduct

Radical Conduct
Politics, Sociability and Equality in London 1789-1815

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  • Publication planned for: December 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108842181

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  • While the French Revolution drew immense attention to French radicals and their ideas, London also played host to a radical intellectual culture. Drawing on both original material and a range of interdisciplinary insights, Radical Conduct transforms our understanding of the literary radicalism of London at the time of the French Revolution. It offers new accounts of people's understanding of and relationship to politics, their sense of the boundaries of privacy, their practices of sociability, friendship, gossip and discussion, the relations between radical men and women, and their location in a wider world of sound and movement in the period. It reveals a series of tensions between many radicals' deliberative practices and aspirations and the conventions and practices in which their behaviour remained embedded. Exploring these relationships and pressures reveals the fractured world of London society and politics, dramatically illuminating both the changing fortunes of radical men and women, and the intriguing uncertainties that drove some of the government's repressive policies.

    • Presents the period in a new way that sheds new light on major figures of English radicalism and feminism, questioning common assumptions about the literary and political world of the 1790s
    • Knits together social and cultural history with intellectual history through a fresh interpretation of literary sources
    • Illuminates the tensions between the world that the radicals imagined and sought to bring into being, and the social conventions and norms of their time that undercut their ambitions
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108842181
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Politics and privacy
    2. Disagreement and deliberation
    3. Plurality: women's circles in London
    4. Radical literary women
    5. Gender and deliberative equality
    6. Negotiating equality
    7. A private affair
    8. Music and movement
    Conclusion. Life during wartime.

  • Author

    Mark Philp, University of Warwick
    Mark Philp is Professor of History at the University of Warwick and an Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College. He has published widely on the history of ideas, late 18th and early 19th century European history, and on political realism and ethics in public life. He is the author of Political Conduct (2007) and Reforming Political Ideas in Britain (2013).

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