New College of the Humanities

Riots, Risings and Revolution

A new book on 18th-century England

Martin Daunton | Published in
  • Riots, Risings And Revolution: Governance And Violence In Eighteenth Century England
    Ian Gilmour – Hutchinson, 1992 - 504 pp. - £25

Politicians in the nineteenth century were more inclined to spend their time on the backbenches and in opposition engaged in scholarship, contributing to the study of history, philosophy and the classics. The practice has declined since 1945, with the emergence of a greater degree of specialisation among academics and politicians. Mr Gladstone would not have been impressed by Kenneth Baker's production of anthologies of verse or Roy Hattersley's family saga.

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