Date of Award

Summer 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Norman H. Pollock

Committee Member

John Kuehl

Committee Member

Peter Stewart


The outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 had a profound effect on the countries of the western world. In Great Britain and America initial reaction to the Revolution was overwhelmingly positive, but as the events in France became increasingly violent opinions began to diverge. This thesis examines the diverse popular reactions to the French Revolution in both Great Britain and America. The role played by the governments of these nations in shaping public opinion is considered, as are the effects of the populaces' reactions on the government's policies, which culminated in the suppression of the parliamentary reform movement in Britain and the victory of Jeffersonian-style democracy in America.


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