Liberty or Death: Radicals, Republicans and Luddites, 1793-1823 (2012) by Alan Brooke & Lesley Kipling

Liberty or Death: Radicals, Republicans and Luddites, 1793-1823 was written by Alan Brooke and Lesley Kipling, and published in 2012 by the Huddersfield Local History Society.


The story of the Luddites and their times continues to fascinate, particularly for those of us who live in the part of Yorkshire where the events of that time were most dramatic. However, what is often overlooked is the extent to which the Luddite events of 1812 and 1813 fit within the broader and more sustained pattern of British social and political radicalism in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Alan Brooke and Lesley Kipling, both distinguished local historians, published the first edition of Liberty or Death in 1993. It set the Luddites firmly in that broader context and met with such immediate success that it has long been out of print. For that reason the Huddersfield Local History Society agreed with Alan and Lesley that they would re-visit and revise their earlier work, The result is this new and enlarged edition of Liberty of Death, which the Society proud to publish as one of its contributions to the commemoration the bi-centenary of the Yorkshire Luddites.


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  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • The Rights of Man
  • Spirit of Persecution: Repression and the Rights of Man 1793-1795
  • Tyrants Tremble the People are Awake: Republicans, Bread, Machinery and Peace 1798-1809
  • The Metropolis of Discontent: Machine Breaking and Insurrection 1812
  • Death or Liberty: The Road to Folly Hall 1813-1817
  • The Goddess of Freedom: Revival and Repression 1819
  • Melancholy Yorkshire — Your Reformers Stand True: The Uprising of 1820
  • May Revolutions Never Cease: Richard Carlile and the Republican Movement 1821-1823
  • The Condescension of Posterity: A View from 2012
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Notes
  • Index of Surnames