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THE

ANNUAL REGISTER,

OR A VIEW OF THE

HISTORY,
POLITICS,

AND
LITERATURE,
OF THE YEAR

18 2:1.

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LONDON:
PRINTED FOR BALDWIN, CRADOCK, AND JOY;
OTRIDGE AND RACKHAM; J. CUTHELL; LONGMAN, HURST, REES, ORME
AND BROWN; E. JEFFERY AND SON; HARDING, MAVOR, AND LEPARD ;
J. BELL; SHERWOOD, NEELY, AND JONES; T. HAMILTON; G. AND W. P.
WHITTAKER; R. SAUNDERS; W. REYNOLDS; AND SIMPKIN AND MARSHALL

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Printed by T. C. Hansard, Peterborough-Court, Fleet-street, London.

THE year 1821 has been fruitful in important events. The Revolution of Naples has been brought to a termination with a rapidity not less extraordinary than its birth was sudden. Piedmont has been made the theatre of a revolution, which, after a few days feverish existence, expired before the terror of the Austrian arms. In Spain, the spirit of innovation has gone on triumphant in its career of madness; and that unfortunate country has been kept in constant distraction-on the very verge of social dissolution - not so much by the struggle between the partisans of the new system and the old, as by the dissensions of the Liberals themselves, their mutual jealousies, their ignorance of all practical modes of administration, their atrocious want of all moral.or political principle. Turkey, too, has presented a scene of continued disorder; the Albanian insurrection bas maintained itself ; two insurrections to the north of the Danube have been suppressed; and a fourth, that of Greece and its islands, has, amid outrages and butcheries disgraceful to humanity, acquired so much strength, as to render the struggle with the Ottoman power of exceedingly dubious issue. Even in those parts of Europe, where civil order has been maintained, much has occurred that deserves to be known and recorded. Portugal, in adopting institutions not very dissimilar to those of Spain, has been guided by men, whose moderation and wariness have saved her from all the miseries in which her neighbour has been plunged. The French ministry have been wavering and unsteady; and the increase of tbe public prosperity bas failed to diminish the discontent of the people. Germany has enjoyed undisturbed repose ; yet, amidst this tranquillity, incidents have occurred and indications of public feeling. have taken place, especially in the secondary states, which are fit subjects of historical

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