Brill's Companion to George Grote and the Classical

In Brill s better half to George Grote and the Classical Tradition, Kyriakos Demetriou leads a group of famous students to contextualize, resolve and discover Grote's works in addition to offer a serious overview of his posthumous legacy."

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The chief cause of this weakening was a much improved economic climate, which rendered the existing political order less obnoxious to many of those who had taken part in the protests and agitations of the postWaterloo years. A run of excellent harvests sharply reduced food prices and increased mass purchasing power, thereby stimulating heightened activity in the commercial and industrial sectors. Liverpool’s ministry, in a wretched state in 1820 owing to the public hostility aroused by the Queen Caroline Affair,13 was subsequently able to profit from the cheering economic developments.

Back-to-back poor harvests at the end of the 1820s brought a rapid rise in the price of bread, a rise only partially mitigated by a modest improvement in yield in 1830. High bread prices reduced demand for non-agricultural products, adversely affecting wage levels and employment ­opportunities. 26 kinzer Widespread economic hardship spawned unrest. In the summer and autumn of 1830 machine-breaking and arson convulsed the agricultural counties of southeast England. The combustible mix of a poor economy, political agitation, social disturbance, and an ill-tempered populace induced consternation within the governing classes.

33 In the end Grote did not become a candidate at the 1831 general election. Harriet Grote refers to a meeting of “some hours” that took place at James Mill’s house to consider the matter. ”34 The reasons for this decision she does not give. The public explanation, reported in the Morning Chronicle of 26 April 1831, focused on Grote’s concern to maintain unity in the ranks of reformers. Four men identified with the reform interest had already entered the field. The stakes in 1831 seemed unusually high, and Tory candidates had won two of the four City seats at the 1830 general election.

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