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Living and Learning (1996)
Essays in Honour of J. F. C. Harrison

Edited By

Malcolm Chase


Ian Dyke

ISBN 9781138493384
Published October 1, 2021 by Routledge
277 Pages

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Book Description

Published in 1996, this original collection of critical essays on key issues of eighteenth and nineteenth century rural life, popular politics and belief brings together fifteen historians of the first rank. All have been closely associated with the influential figure of J.F.C. Harrison, and all share an interest in the importance of the intimately personal in history, as opposed to the history of impersonal institutions. 

Among the essays on popular belief are studies of millenarianism, the secularist tradition and a fascinating case study of American Muggletonianism – the last by the late E.P. Thompson. Other important essays address Chartism, gender and autobiography, vegetarianism and popular journalism. There are critical evaluations of the influence of America on British radicalism and socialism, on the motives that drove workers’ children to become teachers and on the construction of images of English rural life. 

Table of Contents

John Harrison: An Appreciation, Chase, Dyke. 2. A New Jerusalem: The Elusive Dream, Lamont. 3. Roger Gibson and American Muggletonianism, Thompson. The Antinomian Methodists. Lineham. Prophesying Revolution: ‘Mad Lord George’, Edmund Burke and Madeame Le Motte, McCalman. 6. The Example of America a Warning to England? The Transformation of America in British Radicalism and Socialism, 1970 – 1850, Claeys. 7. The Town and Country Divide in English History, Dyke. 8. Popular Preaching and Millenial Expectations: The Reverend Robert Aitken and the Christian Society, 1836-40, Thorp. 9. Who were ‘The People’ in 1842? Thompson. 10. ‘We wish only to work for ourselves’: The Chartist Land Plan, Chase. 11. ‘Temperance in all things’: Vegetarianism, the Manx Press and the Alternative Agenda of Reform in the 1840s, Belchem.  12. Will the Real Mary Lovett Please Stand Up?: Chartism, Gender and Autobiography, Yeo. 13. The Mysteries of G.W.M. Reynolds: Radicalism and Melodrama in Victorian Britain, McWilliam. 14. Owenism and the Secularist Tradition: the Hudderfield Secular Society and Sunday School, Royle. 15. From Hodge to Lob: Reconstructing the English Farm Labourer, 1870 – 1914, Howkins. 16. Deciding to Teach: The Making of Elementary School Teachers in the Early Twentieth Century, Gardner. John Harrison: A Bibliography. 

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