Labour and Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe

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This book represents a significant reinterpretation of nineteenth-century liberalism and labour history. Going beyond the usual confines of national frameworks, the author compares national experiences, discarding the preconceptions that have frequently distorted historical writing. John Breuilly asks just how unique many national phenomena were and examines some issues which transcended national boundaries. Some of the subjects which the author considers from a comparative perspective are the different types of ...
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This book represents a significant reinterpretation of nineteenth-century liberalism and labour history. Going beyond the usual confines of national frameworks, the author compares national experiences, discarding the preconceptions that have frequently distorted historical writing. John Breuilly asks just how unique many national phenomena were and examines some issues which transcended national boundaries. Some of the subjects which the author considers from a comparative perspective are the different types of liberalism; the role of law in shaping class relations; the concept of the labour aristocracy; and the early emergence of a separate Labour Party in Germany compared to the continuing appeal of liberalism to much of the English labour movement. More detailed comparisons look at the urban artisans of mid-nineteenth century Western Europe and the nature of liberalism in Manchester and Hamburg. This book arrives at some surprising new conclusions about the relative experiences of nations and where it confirms conventional assumptions, the author places them on a stronger ground than before. Labour and liberalism in nineteenth-century Europe should appeal to academics and undergraduates specialising in European social and political history, particularly German and British history. It will also interest general readers concerned with the historical background of Western European culture.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719044274
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: making comparisons in history 1
2 The labour aristocracy in Britain and Germany: a comparison 26
3 Artisan economy, ideology and politics: the artisan contribution to the mid-nineteenth-century European labour movement 76
4 Liberalism or social democracy? Britain and Germany, 1850-1875 115
5 Civil society and the labour movement, class relations and the law: a comparison between Germany and England 160
6 Liberalism in mid-nineteenth-century Hamburg and Manchester 197
7 Liberalism in mid-nineteenth-century Britain and Germany 228
8 Conclusion: national peculiarities? 273
Bibliography 296
Index 317
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