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The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements

Craig Calhoun


The story of the rise of radicalism in the early nineteenth century has often been simplified into a fable about progressive social change. The diverse social movements of the era—religious, political, regional, national, antislavery, and protemperance—are presented as mere strands in a unified tapestry of labor and democratic mobilization. Taking aim at this flawed view of radicalism as simply the extreme end of a single dimension of progress, this book emphasizes the coexistence of different kinds of radicalism, their tensions, and their implications. It reveals the importance of radicalism' ... More

Keywords: radicalism, early nineteenth century, social movement, preindustrial culture, local communities, artisans, workers, public recognition, radical movements, protest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226090849
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226090870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Craig Calhoun, author