Surveying the ebb and flow of pamphlet warfare: 500 rival tracts from Radicals and Loyalists in Britain, 1790-1796.
British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 30(1) pp. 1–12.
The focus of this essay is a dataset of 502 political pamphlets on reform published in Britain between 1790 and 1796. The volume of pamphlets taken together is the focus here. By studying the pamphlets en masse some key points can be intentified about the timing and nature of the debate between radicals and loyalists. Pamphlet numbers reveal not only the breadth of the debate, and the public involvement but also broadly the allegiances to radicalism and loyalism. Analysis of authorship provides an insight into the social class and political status of those involved in the debate. In addition the, the pamphlet titles themselves, many of which extend to several lines, reveal much detail, in particular in terms of the interactive nature of the debate. This essay sets out to provide a survey of the dataset as a whole.
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