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Nostalgia and Anti-nostalgia in English Radical History: The Case of Thomas Spence (1750-1814)

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alastair Bonnett



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This article explores and explains the rediscovery and reinvention of an early English radical (Thomas Spence) in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. It shows that Spence’s backward-looking and nostalgic radicalism was displaced in order to serve a movement increasingly dominated by themes of state socialism and progressivism.

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Author(s): Bonnett A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Groniek: Historisch Tijdschrift

Year: 2017

Volume: 214

Pages: 45-57

Print publication date: 15/12/2017

Acceptance date: 05/09/2017

Date deposited: 15/12/2017

ISSN (print): 0169-2801

Publisher: Stichting Groniek



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