By Iain McCalman, Jon Mee, Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite, Kate Fullagar, Patsy Hardy
For the 1st time, this cutting edge reference booklet surveys the Romantic Age via all elements of British tradition, instead of in literary or inventive phrases by myself. This multi-disciplinary technique treats Romanticism either in aesthetic terms--its which means for portray, tune, layout, structure, and literature--and as a old epoch of "revolutionary" alterations which ushered in sleek democratic and industrialized society.
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A Protestant and francophobic nationalism existed above class and sectional differences, articulated by both the élite and those outside the formal political system. Another source of cohesion was the *monarchy. From the 1780s, partly by George III’s own efforts, this became the object of increasing public interest until it stood forth as the 30 2 · War pre-eminent symbol of national unity. National defence in the Napoleonic period was undoubtedly a unique, nation-forming experience in that huge numbers were brought into actual national service, in a situation when the highest possible value was placed on that service.
As long as the war continued, however, urban interest in military service was unabated, and the patriotic crowd became a particular feature of urban life. Patriotic ‘festivals’ in the towns were always conspicuous and splendid, if only because towns could raise larger volunteer corps and produce grander spectacles. These occasions reached a climax with the celebration of the royal jubilee in 1809 and the end of the war in 1814. Over the next twenty years patriotic celebration on a similar scale occurred only for the coronations of 1821 and 1831.
It was forced to conduct a mass mobilization, trebling the number of men in its armed forces from the highest total of the American war. It was also forced to expand the militia and to endorse the creation of a *volunteer force throughout the country. In 1803‒4 something like 20 per cent of the adult male populations of the rural counties and 35 per cent of the more industrial and urban counties were enlisted in the volunteers. The result was a country in arms, with a substantial proportion of the British male public holding weapons, something which Pitt had refused to countenance in the winter of 1792–3.
An Oxford Companion to The Romantic Age: British Culture 1776-1832 by Iain McCalman, Jon Mee, Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite, Kate Fullagar, Patsy Hardy