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  • Paul Langford


The ‘Endpiece’ reviews the situation of Britain on the eve of the French Revolution. Disillusioned reformers would see the triumph of George III as a constitutional setback and might feel that the Revolution of 1688 had been betrayed. The vitality of trade and the economy, especially compared to France, was a source of hope to the defenders of the regime. Foreign observers saw Britain as a prodigy, with a strength emanating from its confident polity. Britain in 1789 had good reason to feel secure in its apparent progress and modernity.

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