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Godwin's law

A law that states that as the length of a thread proceeds on a newsgroup the probability of a comparison with Hitler or the Nazis approaches one. A number of groups have the tradition that ...

Godwin's law

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A Dictionary of the Internet (4 ed.)

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2019

...'s law A law that states that as the length of a discussion in a social media forum increases, the probability of a reference to Hitler or the Nazis becomes more and more likely. A number of groups have the tradition that when this happens the discussion is regarded as over. See Hitler...

Godwin's law

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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90 words
Godwin's law

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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Godwin's law

Godwin's law  

A law that states that as the length of a thread proceeds on a newsgroup the probability of a comparison with Hitler or the Nazis approaches one. A number of groups have the tradition that when this ...
Utopianism

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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4,929 words
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Oxford University Press

...wage. Godwin's ideas were diffused in utopian form in a work by the liberal intellectual Thomas Northmore ( 1766–1851 ). Northmore 's Memoirs of Planetes, or A Sketch of the Laws and Manners of Makar ( 1795 ) rediscovers a primitive society on a Pacific island (following *Cook 's and *Bligh 's voyages, the favourite venue for such accounts). Here, revolution has established a representative republic, pending the eventual perfectibility of humanity and cessation of the need for government. Private property is preserved, though the laws of...

Novels

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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Oxford University Press

...developing, through Caleb's internalization of the systems which oppress him, a powerful critique of institutionalized authority. The impact of Caleb Williams can be felt everywhere in the literature of our period, and not only among those writers sympathetic to Godwin's radical views. Godwin's later novels develop a range of social, historical, and psychological concerns, including gambling and the occult in sixteenth-century France ( St Leon , 1799 ), marriage and obsessive jealousy ( Fleetwood , 1805 ), and political and religious turmoil in...

Women

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,844 words
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Oxford University Press

...to Wollstonecraft herself in the comments of her husband, William Godwin. Godwin asserted that Mary Wollstonecraft was a genius, but the very form of this assertion raised questions about its meaning. While claiming the Vindication of the Rights of Woman as a work of genius, Godwin insisted that it could scarcely maintain a place in the first class of human productions. It would always be found wanting ‘when tried by the hoary and long-established laws of literary composition’. These laws ultimately centred on a gendered idea of style, a ‘manly’ rigour of...

Enlightenment

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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Oxford University Press

... was the son of one. Hazlitt provides a link to the second generation of Romantics, notably Percy Shelley (Godwin's son-in-law) and * Byron , who sympathized with democratic nationalist movements on the Continent. The Enlightenment in Britain had indeed been diverse enough to provide the early nineteenth century with a variety of ideas and programmes: the case for self-government from Richard Price; for anarchism through Enlightenment from William Godwin; for utopian renewal from the enlightened millennial tradition; and for parliamentary reform, including the...

Political Economy

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,138 words
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Oxford University Press

...of these developments, and rising expenditure on outdoor relief for able-bodied paupers under the *poor laws during periods of food scarcity and *famine in 1795 , 1800 , and in the postwar period drew attention to longer-term dilemmas centring on Britain's capacity to support its growing population from domestic sources. T. R. *Malthus 's Essay on the Principle of Population was first published in 1798 as a polemical response to William *Godwin and the Marquis de Condorcet's post-revolutionary optimism about individual and social perfectibility....

Revolution

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,734 words
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Oxford University Press

...political élite as having reached epidemic proportions. Burke was not entirely innocent here. The Reflections prompted a pamphlet debate on an unprecedented scale (and of an unprecedentedly high quality: several of its contributions—by Paine , Mary *Wollstonecraft , William *Godwin , and James *Mackintosh —remain widely read today). The debate served, in its initial stages, to introduce into the generally favourable response to events in France, and the sense that they were following the pattern of 1688 , a division between those who were prepared to...

Domesticity

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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4,930 words
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Oxford University Press

... liberalism of James *Mill . His Essay on Government ( 1820 ) argued that women could be legitimately excluded from voting rights because their interests were ‘included in those of their husbands and fathers’. Radical critiques of marriage, such as that in William *Godwin 's Enquiry Concerning Political Justice ( 1793 ), implied that the ideal of companionate marriage masked an elaborate mechanism for facilitating the transmission of private property, and for turning women into pieces of private property. As Wollstonecraft wrote in her ...

Sensibility

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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7,039 words
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Oxford University Press

...natural ordering of the sexes. Charlotte *Smith recorded in Desmond ( 1792 ) that novels were being accused of inspiring a range of immoral behaviour. This was six years prior to William *Godwin 's revelations that Wollstonecraft exemplified all of these, in his Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman ( 1798 ). To defend Wollstonecraft, Godwin declared she was ‘endowed with the most exquisite and delicious sensibility’—a view which she had in the Rights of Woman ( 1792 ) taught women to resist. However, his defence backfired, and...

Education

Education   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,267 words
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Oxford University Press

...), and * Rousseau ; and it was an understanding shared—indeed, passionately articulated at times—by educational pundits or practitioners as varied as the liberal experimenters Thomas *Day , Richard *Edgeworth , and Maria *Edgeworth , rationalist radicals such as William *Godwin or Robert *Owen , the utilitarian philosopher James *Mill , and the Romantic poets * Coleridge and * Wordsworth . Their need to articulate these wider senses of education testifies, however, to the extent that the term or concept was now ‘commonly confined’ to schooling, as...

Theatre

Theatre   Reference library

An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,088 words
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Oxford University Press

...the displacement of contemporary issues to different eras and contexts. The England of the 1790s, 1800s, and 1820s found itself mirrored in the Englands of plays such as The Surrender of Calais by George Colman the younger, England Preserved by George Watson , William *Godwin 's Faulkener , and Sheridan Knowles 's Virginius . Like the history play, Gothic drama was also amenable to political interpretation: its representation of cliffside castles, disintegrating bridges, dungeons, and prisons, of divided families and marauding banditti, penetrated...

Truth Commission

Truth Commission  

A state-supported, temporary body with a specific mandate to investigate and report on past human rights abuses that occurred over a specified period. Such commissions have a restorative justice ...
William Godwin

William Godwin  

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(1756–1836),was at first a Dissenting minister, but became an atheist and philosopher of anarchical view. He believed that men acted according to reason and that rational creatures could live in ...
Hitler

Hitler  

The termination of a thread, usually by a moderator, within a newsgroup. Usually it is used as a verb. See Godwin's law for the derivation.
Newgate Calendar

Newgate Calendar  

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Was published about 1773 in 5 vols, and recorded notorious crimes from 1700 to that date. Similar compilations appeared in the next 50 years under varying titles, including The Malefactor's Register ...
George Colman, the Younger

George Colman, the Younger  

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(1762–1836),son of the above, made his name with the musical romantic comedy Inkle and Yarico (1787). Among many other dramatic works, The Iron Chest (1796) is a dramatization of Godwin's Caleb ...
Minerva Press

Minerva Press  

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London printing and publishing house active until 1820, which became representative of popular fiction at the turn of the 19th century. The Press was founded in 1790 by William Lane ...

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