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The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847-1860 - Miles Taylor

The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847-1860

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 1995
ISBN: 9780198204824
Number Of Pages: 408

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This wide-ranging book - one of the first major studies of British radicalism in the years between the collapse of Chartism in 1848 and the advent of Gladstonian liberalism in the 1860s - explains how and why radicalism lost its hold over British politics.The book begins by re-examining the rise of radicalism in the 1830s and 1840s, arguing that it was the 1832 Reform Act which invigorated radicalism, by enlarging the powers of parliament and increasing the need for independent MPs. As independents, between the mid-1830s and the mid-1850s, radicals, alongside other liberals and reformers, were invested with unprecedented influence in parliament, in the constituencies, and in the media. During the 1850s events at home and in Europe undermined the radical ascendancy, and paved the way for the moderate liberalism of the Gladstone years.This is an original and comprehensive revision of mid-nineteenth century radicalism and its influence on the origins of Gladstonian liberalism, filling an important gap in our knowledge of Victorian political history.

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`Professor Epstein may lay claim to be both an authentic disciple of the Thompsons and one of the most skilful and lucid of Stedman Jones's critics ... a book entirely coherent in its concerns, but possessing the compact force associated with the essay form ... a miscellaneous, though extremely erudite, compendium of data studded with striking apercus in detail.' Times Literary Supplement `The present volume is clearly the outcome of an industriously pursued thesis.' Times Higher Educational Supplement `The work is a substantial contribution to the understanding of this period,' Choice `The bibliography, some forty ages in length, attests to the meticulous and comprehensive scholarship which informs Miles Taylor's impressive study of The Decline of English Radicalism. The book is not an account of the decline of radicalism but an original and convincing analysis of the formation of the parliamentary Liberal party.' John nelchem, University of Liverpool, EHR Jun.97 `Taylor's focus is on constitutionalism and parliamentary activity, and includes a careful study of constituency organisation and membership ... a major contribution to our understanding of the mid-Victorian period.' Gregory Claeys, University of London, Victorian Studies, Summer 1996 `Miles Taylor has uncovered the world of these parliamentary radicals with scrupulous scholarship and deft insight, and has traced the progress of their ideal in the climatic years of the late 1840s and 1850s ... He offers an excellent discussion of their major objectives ... this is a highly intelligent and rich account, not just of Radicalism, but also of parliamentary politics, in the 1850s, and the reader will profit from its analyses of most of the big set-pieces of the decade, especially the foreign policy debates.' J.P. Parry, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Parliamentary Hisotry 16/3

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
Radicalism and the Structure of Mid-Nineteenth-Century Politicsp. 17
The Reform Party in Parliamentp. 19
The Constituenciesp. 61
The Aftermath of Chartismp. 99
Radicalism and the Whigs, 1847-1853p. 125
The Guardians of the Public Pursep. 127
The Reform Party and the Reform Movementp. 158
The State of Europep. 190
Radicalism During the Palmerstonian Ascendancy, 1854-1860p. 221
Virtue, Commerce, and the Crimean Warp. 223
Civis Romanus Sum Palmerston and the Polityp. 259
India, Louis Napoleon, and the Servile Parliamentp. 285
Liberalism in One Countryp. 309
Conclusionp. 337
an Analysis of the Voting of the Reform Party in Parliament, 1847-1859p. 347
the New Press and Popular Liberalismp. 356
Bibliographyp. 367
Indexp. 405
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ISBN: 9780198204824
ISBN-10: 0198204825
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 23rd February 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.68