English Eighteenth Century Radicals: John Wilkes and Tom Paine
In the late eighteenth century, when the rest of Europe and North America were in turmoil, Britain remained calm.
Don’t you believe it!
There were terrible mass riots.
Tom Paine’s incendiary books inspired the Americans and French.
His thoughts were incorporated in their Constitutions.
John Wilkes’ writings were publicly burned.
His brave stance established three vital ‘Liberties’.
History is not written by the winners. It is written by the power holders.
Come join my revolution to re-establish Wilkes and Paine in public consciousness – flawed as they were…
Sheila Seymour: After a career in IT, from 2004 I was a tutor to the First Year History students at Royal Holloway College, University of London. My role was to introduce them to new aspects of, and approaches to, history after years of following tightly structured curricula. It was a wonderful job – but demanding. It was not only the students whose love of history was stimulated, and I look forward to sharing my experiences.
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