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Title: British attitudes to the French revolutionary wars, 1792-1802
Author: Vincent, Emma
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The responses of British people to the French Revolution have recently received considerable scholarly interest. Their views on the ensuing wars have been much less well covered, however, and this thesis seeks to provide a wide-ranging examination of these. Using government and parliamentary papers, pamphlet literature, printed ephemera, printed and manuscript letters, novels, poetry, newspapers, periodicals and graphic satires, the thesis considers the attitudes of various groups of people to the conflict. It attempts to highlight the debate in England and Scotland provoked by the war, both as distinct from the polemic on the French Revolution itself and, more substantially, as the sequel to the Revolution debate, though integrally linked to it. This debate concerned the grounds, aims, nature and conduct of the war, the issues surrounding negotiations for peace with France, and especially the effects of the conflict on British society. Groups of people across the whole political spectrum took part in the controversy. Edmund Burke's views were crucial to its development, and the thesis begins with a discussion of his analysis. Succeeding chapters examine the attitudes of various political groups. The second chapter studies the opinions of members of the government (particularly those of Pitt, Grenville and Dundas) and of George III. This is followed by a chapter on the war-time activities and attitudes of loyalists inside and outside Parliament and of the 'war crusaders' (those conservatives who sympathised with Burke's interpretation of events, such as the government pamphleteer John Bowles). The next two chapters consider the opposition to the war: the Foxite Whigs in Parliament and their supporters, and radical politicians and 'Friends of Peace' out-of-doors. Each of these four chapters is to some extent organised around a coherent and unified view of the war, but the thesis attempts to show the dialogue within each group as well as their disagreements with other groups.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.663282  DOI: Not available
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