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Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain : Social History in Perspective - John Belchem

Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Social History in Perspective

Hardcover Published: 18th December 1995
ISBN: 9780333565742
Number Of Pages: 222

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In offering a wide-ranging overview of radicalism throughout the 'long' nineteenth century, from the mid eighteenth century to the aftermath of the First World War, this study contests the methods and findings of recent revisionist interpretations.

Radical movements faced a more difficult task than other political formations since they sought not merely to construct an audience - to find a language which resonated with people's material needs and greivances - but to mobilise for change. Options were limited as radicals had to conform to rhetorical, organisational and cultural norms to ensure popular legitimacy and support. This volume pays particular attention therefore to contextual factors: to the changing codes and conventions of political culture and public space. Through critical engagement with revisionist and post-modernist interpretations, it throws new light on factors which often divided liberals from radicals, and indeed, radicals from themselves.

This is an accessible and much-needed introduction to the new linguistic and cultural approaches to nineteenth-century popular politics.

The 18th Century Context
Civic Humanism
Commercial Liberalism and the Crowd
Radicalism, Revolution and War, 1790-1815
The Radical Mass Platform, 1815-20
Ideology, Public Opinion and Reform, 1820-1835
Radicalism and Class, 1835-50
Radicalism, Liberalism and Reformism, 1850-75
Gladstone, Lib-Labism and New Liberalism
Labour's Turning-Point?
Liberals, Labour and the Progressive Alliance
Conclusion: The First World War and After
Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780333565742
ISBN-10: 0333565746
Series: Social History in Perspective
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 18th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 15.0 x 12.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 15