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The Plebeian ExperienceA Discontinuous History of Political Freedom$
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Martin Breaugh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156189

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156189.001.0001

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The English Jacobins

The English Jacobins

A Political Bond of Plurality

(p.218) 7 The English Jacobins
The Plebeian Experience

Martin Breaugh

, Lazer Lederhendler
Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the human bond of the English Jacobins that created largely within the context of the Industrial Revolution. The “Industrial Revolution” refers to the passage from small-scale production to the large-scale manufacturing made possible by the introduction of mechanized factories requiring an abundant, unskilled labor force. This “great transformation” represents the establishment of a new type of economy, the “market economy.” To counter the harmful effects of the Industrial Revolution on the traditional human bond, the English Jacobins adopted measures designed to recreate a bond based on the principle of plurality, understood here as the fact of “living as a distinct and unique being among equals.” This condition is achieved through common actions and in words.

Keywords:   English Jacobins, human bond, political bond, plebeian experience, Industrial Revolution, plurality, market economy

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