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Beyond the MetropolisThe changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880$
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Katy Layton-Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719099694

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719099694.001.0001

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Crucibles of liberty and ruin

Crucibles of liberty and ruin

(p.151) 5 Crucibles of liberty and ruin
Beyond the Metropolis

Katy Layton-Jones

Manchester University Press

In chapter five, attention turns to nineteenth-century attempts to represent the increasingly incendiary politics of urban Britain. The long nineteenth century was a period of significant political upheaval, civil unrest and the complete reorganization of the nation’s political power base. In this climate of conflict and change, visual representations of collective action and the violence that frequently ensued were used to promote and condemn specific towns and the urban project in general. Using journalistic images and pictorial commemorative souvenirs of events such as the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 and the Bristol riots of 1831, chapter five explores the manner in which towns’ political identities were forged, circulated and interpreted.

Keywords:   Riot, Reform, Fire, Protest, Crowd, Peterloo, Politics, Chartist, Ruin, Spectacle

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