History Essay

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To what extent was Pittâs repressive policy the main reason for his success in resisting the radical challenge in 1801? A series of events leading up to the climax of the fall of the main prison, the Bastille, in Paris sparked of the French revolution in 1789. The events taking place in France were the topic of great discussion in Britain and led to a number of radical views being adopted into British society. Radicalism in France provided major stimulus for radical political activity and the setup of a number of radical societies, most notably the London corresponding society. The growth of radical ideas in Britain led to the Prime Minister at the time, William Pitt, taking repressive action to try and dampen any possible British uprising. His repressive legislation was paramount to his success in resisting the radical challenge in 1801, yet it was not the only factor which brought an end to British radicalism. One has to also take into account division amongst radicals, the lack of national support and the bloody nature of the French revolution as deterrents for Radical change in 1801. Pittâs tough repressive policies had a key part to play in resisting the radical challenge of 1801. The government passed a number of laws designed to curb the activities of radicals, including the Seditious Practises act which banned meetings of more than 50 people whose object was to petition parliament or reform to the state. ...read more. Middle The bloody nature of the French revolution and lack of middle class support towards it had a major part to play in the reduction of radicalism in Britain. The execution of King Louis in January 1793 shocked Britain and made many reformers think twice about bringing radical views into British society. Bloody violence had been seen as more of a distant idea than reality before the September massacres and King Louisâ execution;

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