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Liberty, Property and Popular Politics

England and Scotland, 1688-1815. Essays in Honour of H. T. Dickinson

Edited by Gordon Pentland, Michael T Davis

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A broad, richly detailed examination of the cultural, political and social history of Britain’s long eighteenth century

Few scholars can claim to have shaped the historical study of the long eighteenth century more profoundly than Professor H. T. Dickinson, who, until his retirement in 2006, held the Sir Richard Lodge Chair of British History at the University of Edinburgh. This volume, based on contributions from Professor Dickinson’s students, friends and colleagues from around the world, offers a range of perspectives on eighteenth-century Britain and provides a tribute to a remarkable scholarly career.

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List of Tables and Illustrations
H. T. Dickinson: An Appreciation, Frances Dow
Introduction, Gordon Pentland
Parliament and Political Cultures
1. ‘The Press ought to be open to all’: From the Liberty of Conscience to the Liberty of the Press, Eckhart Hellmuth
2. ‘Could the Scots Become True British?’ The Prelude to the Scottish Peerage Bill, 1706-1716, Shin Matsuzono
3. Parliament and Church Reform: Off and On the Agenda, Joanna Innes
4. Liberty, Property, and the Post-Culloden Acts of Parliament in the Gàidhealtachd, Matthew Dziennik
5. Political Toasting in the Age of Revolutions: Britain, America and France, 1765-1800, Rémy Duthille
Beyond Liberty and Property
6. Edmund Burke, Dissent, and the Church and State, Martin Fitzpatrick
7. “The Wisest and Most Beneficial Schemes”: William Ogilvie, Radical Political Economy and the Scottish Enlightenment, David Allan
8. Thomas Spence and James Harrington: A Case Study in Influence, Stephen Lee
9. Thomas Spence, Children’s Literature, and ‘Learning … Debauched by Ambition’, Matthew Grenby
The Long and Wide 1790s
10. British Radical Attitudes Towards the United States of America in the 1790s: The case of William Winterbotham, Emma Macleod
11. Was there a Law of Sedition in Scotland? Baron David Hume’s Analysis of the Scottish Sedition Trials of 1794, Atle Wold
12. The Vilification of Thomas Paine: Constructing a Folk Devil in the 1790s, Michael T. Davis
13. Nelson’s Circles: Networking in the Navy during the French Wars, Marianne Czisnik
14. The Posthumous Lives of Thomas Muir, Gordon Pentland
Appendix: Selected List of H. T. Dickinson’s Publications, 1964-2014.

About the Author

Gordon Pentland is Reader in History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. He has degrees from Oxford and Edinburgh and is a member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. His publications include Radicalism, Reform and National Identity, 1820-1833 (2008), Spirit of the Union: Popular Politics in Scotland, 1815-1820 (2011) and a large number of articles in journals including the English Historical Review, Historical Journal, Journal of British Studies, Past & Present and the Scottish Historical Review.

Michael T. Davis is Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Griffith University. His publications include Radicalism and Revolution in Britain, 1775-1848 (2000); London Corresponding Society (2002); Newgate in Revolution: An Anthology of Radical Prison Literature in the Age of Revolution (ed. with I. McCalman and C. Parolin, 2005); Unrespectable Radicals? Popular Politics in the Age of Reform (ed. with P. A. Pickering, 2008); and Terror: From Tyrannicide to Terrorism in Europe, 1605 to the Future (ed. with B. Bowden, 2008).

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