Early British Radicals

Agitation for political reform


In this podcast Professor Eric Evans looks at the early British radicals.

1. Who were the early British Radicals?
2. Agitation for political reform.
3. Educated workers - citizenship, the transformation of the Industrial Revolution.
4. The Reform Crisis: the fall of the government and the creation of a coalition government.
5. How serious a threat to governments were the agitations of the early 19th Century?
6. The Assassination of Spencer Perceval - the Cato Street conspiracy.

Suggested Reading:

J.Belchem, Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1996)

E.J.Evans, Britain before the Reform Act: Politics and Society, 1815-32 (2nd ed., Longman Seminar Studies, Pearson,  London, 2008)

E.Royle, Revolutionary Britannia? Reflections on the Threat of Revolution in Britain, 1789-1848 (Manchester University Press, 2000)

E.P.Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin, London, 1968)

Eric J.Evans, The Shaping of Modern Britain: Identity, Industry and Empire, 1780-1914 (Pearson Education, Harlow, 2011


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