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Jean-Paul Marat's The chains of slavery in Britain and France, 1774-1833

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rachel Hammersley



Originally published in London in 1774 and subsequently republished in French in 1793 and 1833, Marat's The chains of slavery offers an interesting case study on the exchange of ideas between Britain and France during the late eighteenth century. It is suggested that the key to understanding this hitherto neglected work lies in reading it alongside other publications by Marat from the 1770s and in setting it firmly in the context in which it was published and disseminated in both Britain and France. Prompted by debates surrounding the election of 1774, the work embodies Marat's own particular version of the British commonwealth tradition, and can be linked to the Wilkite movement in both Newcastle and London. Despite its British origins, Marat and his followers were able to utilize the work after 1789 in order to engage in a number of French debates. It thus constitutes one of the means by which English republican ideas made their way across the Channel. © 2005 Cambridge University Press.

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Author(s): Hammersley R

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Historical Journal

Year: 2005

Volume: 48

Issue: 3

Pages: 641-660

Print publication date: 01/09/2005

ISSN (print): 0018-246X

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5103


DOI: 10.1017/S0018246X05004607


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