Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867

Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867

by Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland, Jane Rendall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521572185

ISBN-13: 9780521572187

Pub. Date: 06/28/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Defining the Victorian Nation offers a fresh perspective on one of the most significant pieces of legislation in nineteenth-century Britain. Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Jane Rendall demonstrate that the Second Reform Act of 1867 was marked not only by extensive controversy about the extension of the vote, but also by new concepts of masculinity and the…  See more details below

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Defining the Victorian Nation offers a fresh perspective on one of the most significant pieces of legislation in nineteenth-century Britain. Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Jane Rendall demonstrate that the Second Reform Act of 1867 was marked not only by extensive controversy about the extension of the vote, but also by new concepts of masculinity and the masculine voter, the beginnings of the movement for women's suffrage, and a parallel debate about the meanings and forms of national belonging. The chapters in this book draw on recent developments in cultural, social and gender history, broadening the study of nineteenth-century British political history and integrating questions of nation and empire. Fascinating illustrations illuminate the argument, and a detailed chronology, biographical notes and selected bibliography offer further support to the student reader. Students and scholars in history, women's studies, cultural studies and postcolonial studies will find this book invaluable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521572187
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Chronology
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
Historians and the Reform Act of 18671
New approaches to political history20
Citizenship and the nation57
2'England's greatness, the working man'71
From Chartism to the Reform League77
Arguments for reform89
Social change and politics102
3The citizenship of women and the Reform Act of 1867119
The background to the women's suffrage movement, 1790-1865121
Women and the Reform Act of 1867130
Defining women's citizenship160
Conclusion176
4The nation within and without179
Jamaica192
Ireland204
The parliamentary debates221
Appendices234
Bibliography262
Index290

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