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The People's Bread : A History of the Anti-Corn Law League - Paul Pickering

The People's Bread

A History of the Anti-Corn Law League

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2000
ISBN: 9780718502188
Number Of Pages: 318

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Formed in 1839, the Anti-Corn Law League was one of the most important campaigns to introduce the ideas of economic liberalism into mainstream political discourse in Britain. Seeking the abolition of a tariff barrier that buttressed the economic and political power of the land-owning aristocracy, the League presented itself as the vanguard of the emerging industrial middle class in Victorian Britain. Its aspiration for free trade played a crucial role in defining the agenda of 19th-century liberalism and shaping the modern British state. The League's faith in the free market has had resonances in the debates debates over public policy in Britain during recent years, and it also set the pattern for individuals and groups which have stood outside the Establishment articulating alternative visions of society. This study of the Anti-Corn Law League makes use of recent methodological developments in social history.

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"This is an important and significant book It represents a considerable advance on existing knowledge of the Anti-Corn Law League (ACLL) .Pickering and Tyrrell lead us through and beyond these doorways in a vivid and skillful exploration of the cultural and political baggage of ACLL supporters. The result is a volume that extends and challenges our knowledge of the League and its times .One reason why modern histories of this body have been so thin on the ground has probably derived from an abiding perception that it was worthy but dull. The authors of the present volume gleefully demolish this cliche .at the heart of the book lies a vivid account of the ACLL as political theatre, which skillfully explores the iconography and rituals of its lectures, dinners, bazaars and conferences .In its treatment of women this book constitutes a massive advance on existing knowledge Pickering and Tyrrell open up new ways of seeing not just the ACLL but also the cultural milieu of the early Victorian middle class." -Albion, June 2000

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Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
'An Engine of Political Warfare'p. 14
A Nation of Repealers: The League in the English Provinces and Scotlandp. 41
West Britons: The League in Wales and Irelandp. 67
The Organ of Veneration: The League and Religionp. 88
'The Petticoat Politicians of Manchester': Women and the Leaguep. 116
'The People's Grain': The League and the Working Classp. 139
'A Guerilla Warfare': The League and Parliamentp. 165
Theatres of Discussion: League Meetings and Ritualsp. 191
'The Progeny of Mammon': A Biographical Analysis of the Manchester Anti-Corn Law Association Council, 1839-40p. 217
Conclusion: 'A Long and Doubtful Road'p. 247
Anti-Corn Law Associations, 1838-44p. 253
Localities Represented at League National Delegate Conferencesp. 261
Members of Parliament who Voted for Total and Immediate Repeal, 1842-46p. 266
Manchester Anti-Corn Law Association Council, 1839-40p. 272
Occupation Profile of the Manchester ACLA Council, 1839-40p. 284
Select Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780718502188
ISBN-10: 0718502183
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 318
Published: 1st August 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.75  x 2.95
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1

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