Disorder and stability in the United Kingdom

By Malcolm Chase



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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8741-7
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Modern History, History, History & Archaeology, General & world history, c 1500 onwards to present day, 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century, Humanities / Social & cultural history


Integrating in detail the experiences of both Britain and Ireland, 1820 provides a compelling narrative and analysis of the United Kingdom in a year of European revolution. It charts the events and forces that tested the government almost to its limits, and the processes and mechanisms through which order was maintained. This book will be required reading for everyone interested in late-Georgian and early nineteenth-century Britain or Ireland. 1820 is about much more than a single year. Locating the Queen Caroline divorce crisis within a broader analysis of the challenges confronting the government, it places that much-investigated episode in a new light. It illuminates both the pivotal Tory Ministry under Lord Liverpool and the Whigs (by turns febrile and feeble) who opposed it. It is also a major contribution to our understanding of popular radicalism and its political containment.


The book is dominated by narrative rather than theory or analysis, but it is a compelling and rewardingly rich narrative. . . Chase's book is a valuable addition to historians' understanding of the relationship between international, national and local politics., Katrina Navickas, University of Hertfordshire, Northern History, LI: 2, 1 September 2014|All told, the book is a triumph. It helps to open up a moment in time that might otherwise be lost, highlighting what the author describes as 'a year of political dislocation unparalleled in peace time' (p. 2). It can be confidently recommended to students and even to the general reader-but will also repay the attention of historians who might otherwise overlook a revolution that never quite happened., William Whyte, St John's College, Oxford, The English Historical Review, 8 May 2015


1. The United Kingdom in 1820
2. Winter's end
3. Politics high and low
4. Easter risings
5. Late spring and early summer
6. Autumn
7. Conclusions


Malcolm Chase was Professor of Social History at the University of Leeds

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