The Spirit of Despotism: Invasions of Privacy in the 1790s (Hardback)John Barrell (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 598 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 22 mm
John Barrell's latest book bears all the hallmarks of his exemplary scholarship: meticulous research, a lucid and pacy prose style that renders even the most detailed or difficult material accessible and exciting, and, most importantly, a sustained level of interdisciplinary. The Spirit of Despotism builds its thesis upon an extraordinary array of sources. * David Francis Taylor, Romanticism *
so satisfyingly full are they of marvelous detail and shrewd, surprising turns of argument * Kenneth R. Johnston, Indiana University - Bloomington *
an intriguing study into the interplay between Westminster politics and real life. * Contemporary Review *
an important book... few previous inquiries have considered these issues with the depth, insight or scholarly range which this book commands. [This book] is written with the power and point that has increasingly marked John Barrell's recent work, and will provide readers with abundant enjoyment in its ability to combine telling detail with the projection of a case of wide significance. * Pat Roger, TLS *
In Imagining the King's Death (2000), John Barrell explored with great precision the interplay between law, politics and language usage during Pitt's 'Reign of Terror'. The Spirit of Despotism revisits this culture of repression and tracks its incursions into the private sphere. * Barbara Taylor, The London Review of Books, Vol 29, No 3 *
Each of these richly researched essays could stand alone, but together their cumulative effect is a provocative and stimulating depiction of the cultural effects of government repression which Barrell has analysed in such depth elsewhere. * Rural History, Volume 18/1 *
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