Radical Underworld: Prophets, Revolutionaries, and Pornographers in London, 1795-1840
This highly acclaimed study draws on information from spy reports and contemporary literature to look at English popular radicalism during the period between the anti-Jacobin government “Terror” of the 1790s and the beginnings of Chartism.
The book traces for the first time the history of theunderground revolutionary-republican grouping founded by the agrarian reformer, Thomas Spence. Challenging conventional distinctions between “high” and “low” culture, McCalman illuminates the darker, more populist sides of Romanticism.
Radical Underworld broadens the conventional boundaries of popular politics and culture by exploring a political underworld connected with poverty, crime, prophetic religion, and literary culture.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 1988
ISBN: 0521307554, 9780521307550
Length: 338 pages