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Imagining war and peace in eighteenth-century Britain, 1690-1820

Title
Imagining war and peace in eighteenth-century Britain, 1690-1820 / Andrew Lincoln.
ISBN
9781009366519 (ebook)
9781009366540 (hardback)
9781009366533 (paperback)
Publication
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2023.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 299 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Summary
Ranging over political, moral, religious, artistic and literary developments in eighteenth-century Britain, Andrew Lincoln explains in a clear and engaging style how the 'civilizing process' and the rise of humanitarianism, far from inhibiting war, helped to make it acceptable to a modern commercial society. In a close examination of a wide variety of illuminating examples, he shows how criticism of the terrible effects of war could be used to promote the nation's war-making. His study explores how ideas and methods were developed to provide the British public with moral insulation from the overseas violence they read about, and from the dire effects of war they encountered at home. It shows, too, how the first campaigning peace society, while promoting pacificism, drew inspiration from the prospects opened by imperial conquest. This volume is an important and timely call to rethink how we understand the cultural and moral foundations of imperial Britain.
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Cambridge core frontlist 2024.
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Language
English
Added to Catalog
May 22, 2024
Contents
The culture of war and civil society, from William III to George
War and the culture of politeness : the case of The Tatler and The Spectator
Sacrifice : heroism and mourning
Sacrifice : Christian heroes
War and the 'elevation' of the novel
War and the 'science of man'
Complicities in the novel
Saving individual virtue
Saving communal virtue
The ideal of non-resistance
A case study : Gibraltar.
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