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Introduction: Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848

Citation
Davis MT, Macleod E & Pentland G (2019) Introduction: Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848. In: Davis M, Macleod E & Pentland G (eds.) Political Trials in an Age of Revolutions: Britain and the North Atlantic, 1793-1848. Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98959-4_1

Abstract
The defendants in many of the political trials of the "age of revolutions", whether speaking for themselves or through professional counsel, were confident that they would appear as protagonists in later histories. They were not to be disappointed. The challenge for those placed on trial was to situate themselves and their own plights within a relevant history of liberty – British, English, Scottish, Irish, or universal – and historical narratives were the most common feature of defences. They carried with them, as did Skirving's failed defence above, an appeal to posterity which was taken up by later lawyers, activists, politicians, and historians.

Keywords
Political trials, American Revolution

StatusPublished
Author(s)Davis, Michael T; Macleod, Emma; Pentland, Gordon
FundersThe Carnegie Trust
Title of seriesPalgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice
Publication date03/01/2019
Publication date online31/12/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/28612
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN978-3-319-98958-7-4
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