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Political movements in urban England, 1832-1914
Roberts, Matthew, 1978-

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Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
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vii, 231 p. ; 23 cm.
British history in perspective

British history in perspective (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm))
Citizenship, the franchise and electoral culture -- Radicalism in the age of the chartists -- The culture and "failure" of radicalism -- The making of mid-Victorian popular liberalism -- Post-chartist radicalism and the (un)making of popular liberalism -- Rethinking the "transformation" of popular conservatism -- Defining and debating popular conservatism -- The decline of liberalism and the rise of labour I : a narrative -- The decline of liberalism and the rise of labour II : the debate -- The modernization of popular politics.

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A critical introduction to the mass political movements that came of age in urban England between the Great Reform Act of 1832 and the start of World War One. Roberts provides a guide to the new approaches to topics such as Chartism, parliamentary reform, Gladstonian Liberalism, popular Conservatism and the independent Labour movement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The New Political Historyp. 4
Chapter 1 Citizenship, the Franchise and Electoral Culturep. 10
Electoral Citizenshipp. 11
Enfranchising the Citizen, 1832-1885p. 16
Chapter 2 Radicalism in the Age of the Chartistsp. 27
Defining Radicalismp. 28
Parliamentary Reform and Chartismp. 38
Chapter 3 The Culture and 'Failure' of Radicalismp. 44
A Class-Based Movement?p. 45
The Radical Ordealp. 54
Radical 'Failings'p. 58
Chapter 4 The Making of Mid-Victorian Popular Liberalismp. 63
The Mechanics of Mid-Century Stabilityp. 63
Liberty, Retrenchment and Reformp. 68
Chapter 5 Post-Chartist Radicalism and the (Un)making of Popular Liberalismp. 80
Out of Chartism, into Liberalismp. 81
Out of Liberalism, into Radicalism?p. 88
Chapter 6 Rethinking the 'Transformation' of Popular Conservatismp. 97
The Electoral Politics of Urban Conservatismp. 98
Chapter 7 Defining and Debating Popular Conservatismp. 111
Popular Conservatism or Anti-Liberalism?p. 111
The Ideology of Popular Conservatismp. 118
Chapter 8 The Decline of Liberalism and the Rise of Labour I: A Narrativep. 128
The Challenge of Independent Labour Politics, c. 1880-1906p. 129
The Dynamics of Progressive Politics, c. 1890-1914p. 138
Chapter 9 The Decline of Liberalism and the Rise of Labour II: The Debatep. 145
The Rise of Classp. 148
The Forward March of Labour Haltedp. 150
Chapter 10 The Modernization of Popular Politicsp. 161
Standardizing the Franchisep. 161
Political Communication and the Rise of Partyp. 165
Women and the Quest for Citizenshipp. 173
Conclusionp. 178
Notesp. 181
Referencesp. 202
Indexp. 225