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DR. RICHARD PRICE-RADICAL OR REVOLUTIONARY

Born in Wales and based in London the dissenting minister and intellectual polymath Richard Price (1723–1791) has been called a formative mind of the Enlightenment, Britain’s first left-wing intellectual, and the greatest thinker Wales has thus far produced. Through his efforts at promoting political and social reform and his advocacy of civil liberty, in which he expressed support for the American Revolutionaries and the opening events of the French Revolution, Price is seen as a key eighteenth-century radical. Yet his passionate support for revolution in America and France introduces considerable ambiguity into his position as simply a radical reformer.

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