The Impact of the French Revolution in Britain

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The impact of the French Revolution in Britain
The given interpretation 'Between 1789 and 1815 supporters of the French Revolution posed no threat to the established order of Britain' suffers from a few problems . Firstly it suggests supporters posed ‘no serious threat’ however it does not elaborate on what a ‘serious’ threat actually is. Secondly it covers a 26 year period ‘1789-1815’ which is a long time and numerous things could change within this period, Britain goes to war with France and the ‘industrial revolution’ begins which would suggest things would not be as black and white as there never being a threat at all. While a few bits of evidence do support this interpretation, a better alternative would be ‘supporters of the French
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The source does say these are only ‘attempts’ implying they are not successful however. The source agrees with source 4 on the success of Thomas Paine’s the rights of man, in source 4 it calls it a “Paine-ite disease”. The source seems typical in the way it talks about strong government reactions as we know later the despotic bills and the banning of Habeas Corpus are enacted by Pitt’s government. The source agrees firmly with the amended interpretation as it shows both the government and monarchy threatened and acting on this fear by introducing repressive laws.
Source 3, overall seems to agree with the original interpretation that there was no serious threat. It says bluntly ‘Corresponding societies never offered a real threat’ and suggests the ‘radical societies’ were ‘pernickety’ and had too few real members ‘sympathizers were far more numerous then formal members’. However it does suggest the societies could ‘stage impressive open air protest meetings’ which could put pressure on the government. It contradicts source 1 on the radical nature of these societies but agrees on the number of members. The source is from a book which again covers a large time period 1783-1870, the fact the book is called the ‘forging of the modern state’ and the fact the writer mentions this time period as not revolutionary would point to the idea that there may be
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