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1 - Politics and Privacy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 August 2020

Mark Philp
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University of Warwick
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While the 1790s are often thought of as the most political of years, this chapter uses a range of sources to question that assumption and to point to the extent that much talk about politics was seen as an essentially private matter.That position was one that loyalism and the government increasingly challenged in the 1790s, breaking down long-standing ways of understanding private conversation and political discussion and opening the way for the emergence of a new language and politics for both loyalism and reform at the beginning of the nineteenth century.Using newspaper archives it identifies the emergence of a new lexicon of politics, linked especially to the period 1820-1840, alongside the development of a new set of political practices.In the 1790s those interested in reform faced new and disturbing challenges to their practices and expectations and had to develop ways of responding to a world in which their alternatives seemed to become dramatically starker.

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Radical Conduct
Politics, Sociability and Equality in London 1789-1815
, pp. 23 - 56
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Politics and Privacy
  • Mark Philp, University of Warwick
  • Book: Radical Conduct
  • Online publication: 20 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108898768.002
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  • Politics and Privacy
  • Mark Philp, University of Warwick
  • Book: Radical Conduct
  • Online publication: 20 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108898768.002
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  • Politics and Privacy
  • Mark Philp, University of Warwick
  • Book: Radical Conduct
  • Online publication: 20 August 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108898768.002
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