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Romanticism, Economics and the Question of ‘Culture’$
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Philip Connell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282050

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282050.001.0001

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Robert Southey and the Infections of Commerce

Robert Southey and the Infections of Commerce

(p.234) Chapter Five Robert Southey and the Infections of Commerce
Romanticism, Economics and the Question of ‘Culture’


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Two texts, when taken together, define the limits of ‘Romantic conservatism’ in 19th-century England: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Church and State and Robert Southey's Colloquies on the Progress and Prospects of Society. Both were published in 1829, the year of the Emancipation Act, and both were informed in important ways by the Catholic question. Yet the ideological differences between the two works are pronounced, to the extent that while Church and State, in developing the themes of the Lay Sermons and Aids to Reflection (1825), was to prove a foundational text of the Broad Church movement, the Colloquies went on to become closely associated with Ultra Protestantism, the paternalistic Tory radicalism of Michael Thomas Sadler and Richard Oastler, and the nostalgic nationalism of the Young England movement.

Keywords:   Robert Southey, commerce, England, Ultra Protestantism, Catholic question, Broad Church movement, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, radicalism, nationalism

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