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By A. Jarrells

Britain's cold Revolutions explores the connection of the rising type of Literature to the rising chance of renowned violence among the cold Revolution and the Romantic flip from revolution to reform. The e-book argues that at a time whilst the political nature of the cold Revolution grew to become a subject matter of dialogue - within the interval outlined by means of France's famously bloody revolution - 'Literature' emerged as a type of political establishment and constituted a cold revolution in its personal correct.

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We appeal to the pen,” says Hazlitt, “and they answer us with the point of the bayonet … . They quote [B]urke, but rely on the attorney-General” (16). Once again, Hazlitt reverses the people/violence association, this time throwing writing into the mix. In significant ways both left and right saw “the people” similarly––as extra-institutional and yet as decisive as far as the legitimacy of institutions was concerned. J. Clark would call a “volatile … political sign” (27). Clark argues that in post-revolutionary France, “[the people] were defined by pure discursive opposition, to the riches, the aristocrates, the idle and unproductive” (47).

The difference is subtle: whereas in Burke the female 46 Britain’s Bloodless Revolutions body is used to embody the fictional virtue of political institutions, in Wollstonecraft it is fiction that will embody the virtue grounded in the female body. For Wollstonecraft understands that Burke’s argument about manners is in fact also an argument about imagination, about fiction. Which is the proper object, Wollstonecraft implicitly asks: the dawn of a new age or the embodiment of courtly virtue? One may perhaps be a fiction.

The press itself, Hume suggests, is capable of ambition. The increasing spread of print posed a problem that offered no easy solution. 18 If it has been generally acknowledged that print had been on the rise throughout the eighteenth century, then Paine’s Righs of Man came at a moment when this rise had gone out of control. Whether it was Paine’s text that single-handedly produced this change is not the point. Rather, the example of Paine’s text makes a certain change visible. It was bad enough that Price was addressing a crowd of learned men on the points 34 Britain’s Bloodless Revolutions of comparison between 1688 and 1789 and on whether England might follow France and reform its constitution.

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