Show Summary Details

p. 224. The Wars Abroadlocked

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

Abstract

‘The Wars Abroad’ addresses the impact of the Napoleonic Wars on Britain. The French Revolution saw Britain unprepared for Continental war and threatened with dissent and the contagion of revolutionary ideas. Radical groups were suppressed in Pitt's ‘Reign of Terror’ and Ireland found itself forced into political union with England. The rule of law was triumphant, and Benthamite reform rejuvenated local administration. Wartime expenditure led to further expansion in the iron and textile industries. The impact of the war at home was limited, due to its primarily overseas nature. Imperial gains were made at the expense of France and the Netherlands.

Access to the complete content on Very Short Introductions online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.