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11.Rights of Man
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What was the impact of the French Revolution on the political climate of late 18th century Britain? (7.25 mins)

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1. The French Revolution of 1789 shows up the stagnant corruption of British political life.
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2. The radical Tom Paine - and his circle of aristocratic chums. His friendship with the MP Edmund Burke.
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3. Were the 'freedoms' of 18th century Britons simply a delusion?
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4. Tom Paine applauds the French Revolution. But Burke fears the mob, the 'swinish multitude'.
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5. The French Revolution turns sour. And in Britain, fear of the mob sets back Reform for decades.

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The Paris sequences were shot on the Rive Gauche, looking across the river to Notre Dame, outside one of my favourite bookshops, Shakespeare and Co - a delightful establishment run by Sylvia, the charming and lovely daughter of the shop's bohemian founder, George Whitman.


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The sequence describing the Marquess of Rockingham was filmed at the Wentworth Woodhouse Estate near Rotherham in Yorkshire, once the Rockingham family seat, but now owned by a secretive local businessman who was most unhelpful and failed to return our calls.

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