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p. 11. Reflections on the Revolutionslocked

p. 11. Reflections on the Revolutionslocked

  • Christopher Harvie
  •  and H. C. G. Matthew


‘Reflections on the Revolutions’ surveys the perceptions of the age of industrial and political revolution. Industrialization was not a concept that people were conscious of until the 1820s, and it took even longer for them to accept that it was bringing progress. The views of much of society remain unrecorded, and statistical data for the period is limited. Law did provide one frame of interpretation, and its evolution offered a model of other social and political changes, but it was also used to enforce national solidarity. Progress was not inevitable, but had to be fought for as a moral development.

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