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Currents of Radicalism : Popular Radicalism, Organised Labour and Party Politics in Britain, 1850-1914 - E. F. Biagini

Currents of Radicalism

Popular Radicalism, Organised Labour and Party Politics in Britain, 1850-1914

By: E. F. Biagini (Editor), Alastair J. Reid (Editor)

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Published: 28th June 1991
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'Those who were originally called radicals and afterwards reformers, are called Chartists', declared Thomas Duncombe before Parliament in 1842, a comment which can be adapted for a later period and as a description of this collection of papers: 'those who were originally called Chartists were afterwards called Liberal and Labour activists'. In other words, the central argument of this book is that there was a substantial continuity in popular radicalism throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The papers stress both the popular elements in Gladstonian Liberalism and the radical liberal elements in the early Labour party. The first part of the book focuses on the continuity of popular attitudes across the commonly-assumed mid-century divide, with studies of significant personalities and movements, as well as a local case study. The second part examines the strong links between Gladstonian Liberalism and the working classes, looking in particular at labour law, taxation, and the Irish crisis. The final part assesses the impact of radical traditions on early Labour politics, in Parliament, the unions, and local government. The same attitudes towards liberty, the rule of law, and local democracy are highlighted throughout, and new questions are therefore posed about the major transitions in the popular politics of the period.

Preface
Currents of radicalism, 1850-1914
Continuities in Popular Radicalism
The old radicalism and the new: David Urquhart and the politics of opposition, 1832-1867
Radicalism and popular culture: the Tichborne case and the politics of 'fair play', 1867-1886
Popular politics and the limitations of party: Wolverhampton, 1867-1900
Nonconformity and trade unionism: the Sheffield outrages of 1866
The Liberal Party and the People
Trade unionists, Gladstonian Liberals, and the labour law reforms of 1875
Popular Liberals, Gladstonian finance, and the debate on taxation, 1860-1874
Gladstone and his rivals: popular Liberal perceptions of the party leadership in the political crisis of 1885-1886
Radicals, Liberals, and the Labour Party
Labour and parliament: the Lib.-Labs. as the first working-class MPs, 1885-1906
Old Unionism reconsidered: the radicalism of Robert Knight, 1870-1900
Labour and local politics: radicalism, democracy and the social reform, 1880-1914
Ideological debate in Edwardian Labour politics: radicalism, Revisionism and socialism
Index
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ISBN: 9780521394550
ISBN-10: 0521394554
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th June 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64