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Nottinghamshire and the Great Peace: Reflections on the End of the Napoleonic Wars, 1814–1815

Gaunt, Richard A.

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© 2016 University of Birmingham. This article explores Nottingham's ambivalent attitude to the battle of Waterloo, which concluded hostilities between England and France in June 1815. It poses a contrast between Nottingham's muted reaction to Waterloo and the town's exuberant commemoration of the general peace between England and France the year before. The article considers different reasons for this, including Nottingham's response to earlier set-piece battles on the continent and its reaction to domestic political events. The article explores Nottingham's commitment to radical politics before 1815, as symbolized in its continued petitioning of parliament, and its patriotic commitment to the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. The article argues that it was the disappointment of the town's hopes for economic relief, following the end of hostilities in 1814, combined with fears of a further prolonged period of conflict and delays to parliamentary reform, which helps to explain the town's attitude during Napoleon's 'Hundred Days' (March-June 1815) and after Waterloo.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Journal Midland History
Print ISSN 0047-729X
Electronic ISSN 1756-381X
Publisher Maney Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 41
Issue 1
Pages 20-36
APA6 Citation Gaunt, R. A. (2016). Nottinghamshire and the Great Peace: Reflections on the End of the Napoleonic Wars, 1814–1815. Midland History, 41(1), 20-36. https://doi.org/10.1080/0047729X.2016.1159856
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0047729X.2016.1159856
Keywords Waterloo, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Luddism, Economy, Napoleon Bonaparte, Peninsular Wars, Peace, Nottingham Journal, Nottingham Review
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0047729X.2016.1159856
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Midland History on 09/05/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/0047729X.2016.1159856

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