Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice

Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions

Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793—1848

Editors: Davis, Michael T., Macleod, Emma, Pentland, Gordon (Eds.)

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  • Examines the motives, dilemmas, thinking and actions of western governments during the ‘Age of Revolutions’ 
  • Providea insight into the government's modern day challenge of managing security, civil liberty, inflammatory ideas and religious tension 
  • Includes contributions from the fields of history, law, literary studies and political science
  • Incorporates increasingly sophisticated scholarship which has developed in the last thirty years
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This collection provides new insights into the ’Age of Revolutions’, focussing on state trials for treason and sedition, and expands the sophisticated discussion that has marked the historiography of that period by examining political trials in Britain and the north Atlantic world from the 1790s and into the nineteenth century. In the current turbulent period, when Western governments are once again grappling with how to balance security and civil liberty against the threat of inflammatory ideas and actions during a period of international political and religious tension, it is timely to re-examine the motives, dilemmas, thinking and actions of governments facing similar problems during the ‘Age of Revolutions’.

The volume begins with a number of essays exploring the cases tried in England and Scotland in 1793-94 and examining those political trials from fresh angles (including their implications for legal developments, their representation in the press, and the emotion and the performances they generated in court). Subsequent sections widen the scope of the collection both chronologically (through the period up to the Reform Act of 1832 and extending as far as the end of the nineteenth century) and geographically (to Revolutionary France, republican Ireland, the United States and Canada). These comparative and longue durée approaches will stimulate new debate on the political trials of Georgian Britain and of the north Atlantic world more generally as well as a reassessment of their significance. This book deliberately incorporates essays by scholars working within and across a number of different disciplines including Law, Literary Studies and Political Science.


About the authors

Michael T. Davis is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at Griffith University, Australia.

Emma Macleod is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Gordon Pentland is Reader in History in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793–1848

    Pages 1-15

    Davis, Michael T. (et al.)

  • “Subverting the Settled Order of Things”: The Crime of Sedition in Scotland, 1793–1849

    Pages 19-46

    Farmer, Lindsay

  • The Newspaper Press, Sedition and the High Court of Justiciary in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh

    Pages 47-77

    Barrie, David G. (et al.)

  • The English and Scottish State Trials of the 1790s Compared

    Pages 79-107

    Macleod, Emma

  • Sermons of Sedition: The Trials of William Winterbotham

    Pages 109-135

    Epstein, James

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions
Book Subtitle
Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793—1848
Editors
  • Michael T. Davis
  • Emma Macleod
  • Gordon Pentland
Series Title
Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98959-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98959-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98958-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 398
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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