English Opinions On The French Revolution
Wagoner, Wilburn Thomas
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Just as the French Revolution changed the French political landscape, it also affected other European countries such as England. Both pro-revolutionaries and anti-revolutionaries argued in the public forums the merits of the events in France. Gradually the arguments became less about the French Revolution and more about the future of England. The intent of this paper is to show how English conservative and radical authors and politicians debated the merits of the French Revolution, and how this proved to be the catalyst for more moderate reformers who would work to create a progressive England. Three areas that concerned England are examined. First is the debate between Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. These two authors are considered the standard bearers for their causes. The second chapter spotlights how other English authors, citizens and politicians responded to the French Revolution and what actions they took to protect or change their country. Finally, this paper will explore the emergence of women writers advocating equality for their sex. The battle between conservative and radicals in these three areas created a more progressive state.