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Prosecution and Radical Discourse during the 1790s: The Case of the Scottish Sedition Trials

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Davis, MT, Prosecution and Radical Discourse during the 1790s: The Case of the Scottish Sedition Trials, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 33, (3) pp. 148-158. ISSN 0194-6595 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.iijsl.2005.09.001

Abstract

This essay looks at the sedition trials in Scotland during the 1790s to examine how prosecution was exploited by radicals as a forum for political expression. As the government instituted a concerted campaign against radical activism, an increasing number of reformers faced trial on sedition and treason in this period. The courtroom emerged as an alternative venue for political discourse and this essay will explore some of the ways by which radicals challenged the dominant discursive and performative elements of trial proceedings. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:British History
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Author:Davis, MT (Dr Michael Davis)
ID Code:47990
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2007-09-26
Last Modified:2007-09-26
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