Riots and reform: burgh authority, the languages of civic reform and the Aberdeen riot of 1785

Mackillop, A. (2017) Riots and reform: burgh authority, the languages of civic reform and the Aberdeen riot of 1785. Urban History, 44(3), pp. 402-423. (doi:10.1017/S096392681600078X)

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Abstract

This article explores the understudied riots which occurred in Aberdeen in mid-October 1785. It charts the climate of politicization that characterized the burgh’s civic life in the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution and before the outbreak of the equivalent process in France. In doing so, it challenges interpretations of the socially exclusive nature of the Scottish reform movement, the dynamics of continuity and change between this phenomenon and later political ‘radicalism’ and the role of Aberdeen as a ‘provincial’ metropolis in the Age of Revolution.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mackillop, Dr Andrew
Authors: Mackillop, A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Urban History
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0963-9268
ISSN (Online):1469-8706
Published Online:18 October 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Cambridge University Press
First Published:First published in Urban History 44(3): 402-423
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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