By Boyd Hilton
from greater than two decades of 'war to the dying' opposed to Napoleonic France. but when Britain's exterior fortunes have been within the ascendant, the location at domestic remained fraught with peril. The country's inhabitants used to be transforming into at a cost no longer skilled by way of any related former society, and its
manufacturing cities specially have been mushrooming into filthy, disease-ridden, gin-sodden hell-holes, in flip upsetting the phantasmagoria of a mad, undesirable, and hazardous humans. it's no ask yourself that those years must have skilled the main lengthy interval of social unrest because the 17th century, or that the elite must have been in consistent worry of a French-style revolution in England.
The governing sessions spoke back to those new demanding situations and through the mid-nineteenth century the seeds of a settled two-party approach and of a extra socially interventionist nation have been either in facts, although it'll were a long way too quickly to claim at that level no matter if these seeds may take everlasting root. one other outcome of those tensions used to be the highbrow engagement with society, as for instance within the Romantic flow, a literary phenomenon that introduced English tradition to the forefront
of ecu awareness for the 1st time. while the rustic skilled the nice spiritual revival, loosely defined less than the heading 'evangelicalism'. Slowly yet absolutely, the raffish and rakish type of eighteenth-century society, having reached a top within the Regency, then succumbed to
the new norms of respectability popularly referred to as 'Victorianism'.
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A Mad, Bad, and Dangerous People?: England 1783-1846 (New Oxford History of England) by Boyd Hilton