After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics, 1848-1874

After Chartism: Class and Nation in English Radical Politics, 1848-1874

by Margot Finn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521404967

ISBN-13: 9780521404969

Pub. Date: 05/27/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book charts the course of working- and middle-class radical politics in England from the continental revolutions of 1848 to the fall of Gladstone's Liberal government in 1874. The author traces the genealogy of English radicalism from its roots in Protestant Dissent and the seventeenth-century revolutions, but also shows how this shared radical tradition was

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This book charts the course of working- and middle-class radical politics in England from the continental revolutions of 1848 to the fall of Gladstone's Liberal government in 1874. The author traces the genealogy of English radicalism from its roots in Protestant Dissent and the seventeenth-century revolutions, but also shows how this shared radical tradition was problematized by middle-class radicals' acceptance of classical liberal economics. She traces the lineaments of this divide by contrasting middle- and working-class responses to the continental revolutions of 1848–9, to the Polish and Italian nationalism of the 1860s, and to the Paris Commune in 1871. She argues that these years witnessed not the relentless liberalization of working-class radical protest in England, but rather a significant diminution of middle-class radicals' commitment to liberal economics. This accommodation contributed to the emergence of the 'New Liberalism' of the 1880s, and helped to shape middle- and working-class responses to the early socialist movement.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521404969
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/27/1993
Series:
Past and Present Publications Series
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Nation and class in the English radical tradition; 2. English radical responses to the revolutions of 1848–1849; 3. Working-class radical culture in the decade after 1848; 4. Bourgeois radical nationalism and the working class, 1848–1858; 5. Nationalist fervour and class relations, 1848–1864; 6. The Reform League, the Reform Union, and the First International; 7. Republican revival: Liberals, radicals, and social politics, 1870–1874; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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