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Thomas Spence

(1750—1814) radical and bookseller

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agrarianism

agrarianism  

Agrarian societies are those which combine horticulture and animal husbandry in systems of farming. Agrarianism also refers to the romanticization of the rural farm as the ideal place for family life.
Cato Street Conspiracy

Cato Street Conspiracy  

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A plot to murder Lord Liverpool's cabinet at dinner in February 1820 was led by Arthur Thistlewood, a follower of the agrarian communist Thomas Spence. The plotters were betrayed by a government spy ...
Constantin-François de Chassebœuf Volney

Constantin-François de Chassebœuf Volney  

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Comte de (1757–1820)French historian, travel writer, and philosophe, author of Les Ruines, ou méditation sur les révolutions des empires (1791: Ruins, or Meditations on the Revolutions of Empires), ...
corn Laws

corn Laws  

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Regulations applied in Britain to the import and export of grain (mainly wheat) in order to control its supply and price. In 1815, following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Parliament passed a law ...
insurrection

insurrection  

The question of why Britain did not experience revolution [1] in the age of revolutions still troubles modern historiography. Though few historians would now subscribe to Élie Halévy's proposition ...
Joseph Ritson

Joseph Ritson  

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 (1752–1803) English antiquary.Trained as a conveyancer, Ritson turned to literary pursuits and controversies, including a series of knowledgeable but vicious attacks on contemporary scholarly ...
Land

Land  

Between 1780 and 1830 the rural territory of England—fields, estates, commons, wastes, villages—was the arena and the object of a bitter set of rhetorical and practical contests. Present-day ...
millenarianism

millenarianism  

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[Ge]Beliefs held by the members of certain types of religious movement, according to which cataclysmic changes will occur in the near future, heralding the arrival of a new epoch.
Spenceans

Spenceans  

Followers of the agrarian reformer Thomas Spence who grouped together in 1815 as the Society of Spencean Philanthropists. Spence's funeral in September 1814 announced his ideological survival: the ...

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