Fin Desiecle - Six Excursions Into Our Past

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2: The 1 790s: The Rights Wrongs) of Man. The coming of the French Revolution polarises opinion in Britain. Radicals like Tom Paine and the young William Wordsworth welcome the new libertarianism emanating from France and write in extravagant terms about the new dawn they think it represents. Many also lyricise the latest industrial technologies of the day. Others, like Edmund Burke , argue that rapid change is not in itself a good thing and fear the destructiveness of the French. Many fear a French invasion - and, before long, England and France embark upon 20 years of intermittent warfare. Producer Daniel Snowman

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Unknown: Tom Paine

Unknown: William Wordsworth

Unknown: Edmund Burke

Producer: Daniel Snowman

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3: The 1690s: Way of the World. As Wren's new cathedral rises over the City, London emerges as the greatest, wealthiest and most vibrant city in the world. Here are the new merchants and financiers jostling with the soldiers, priests, pimps, politicians and playwrights of London's taverns and coffee houses. A decade of war (Ireland, France) is also the era of Purcell, Dryden and Congreve - and of some of the most scurrilous and evocative popular songs to have survived the ravages of history.

Producer Daniel Snowman

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Producer: Daniel Snowman

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4: The 1590s: Gloriana Unmasked. The age of Shakespeare and Spenser is also an era of hunger, riot and rebellion. As poets hymn the Faery Queen and politicians wonder who will succeed her, soldiers, apprentices and fishwives brawl over the price of food - and Puritan preachers rail against Sunday sports and Sunday trading.

Producer Daniel Snowman

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