Politics without Democracy: England 1815-1918 / Edition 2

Politics without Democracy: England 1815-1918 / Edition 2

by Michael Bentley, JR Bentley
     
 

Politics Without Democracy provides an entertaining and highly original view of how Britain made a peaceful transition to representative democracy - a change characterized in other countries by convulsive and bloody civil strife.

Professor Bentley takes the reader into the minds of the politicians of the day, men such as Wellington, Peel, Disraeli,

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Politics Without Democracy provides an entertaining and highly original view of how Britain made a peaceful transition to representative democracy - a change characterized in other countries by convulsive and bloody civil strife.

Professor Bentley takes the reader into the minds of the politicians of the day, men such as Wellington, Peel, Disraeli, Salisbury and Asquith, as they and their colleagues did their best to control, manipulate (and often retard) the onset of "democracy". Combining a deep personal knowledge of political history with the latest research he presents a highly original account of how Britain was transformed from a society governed by the landed gentry to one responsive to the pressures of the newly-industrialized masses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631218128
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/30/1999
Series:
Blackwell Classic Histories of England Series
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Map: Some Places
Introduction to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Pt. IPressure from Without, 1815-651
1The Transformation of Party3
Politicians and the post-war environment3
Insurrection, containment and the cabinet (1815-20)12
Party, policy and Canning (1820-26)24
Emancipation, reform and the Duke (1826-30)33
2Renewal and Consolidation44
The reform coach (1830-34)44
The new structure53
'Conservatives' and 'Liberals' (1831-41)60
The choking of Peelite politics (1841-6)72
3The Mechanics of Stability84
A moment of anxiety (1846-52)84
A changing climate: the 1850s and beyond96
The birth of Liberal England (1857-65)110
Pt. IIPressure from within, 1865-1914123
4Occupying the Centre125
Reversing the logic of reform (1865-7)125
In the dark135
Inventing Gladstonian Liberalism (1867-76)141
For Palmerston read Disraeli (1872-80)154
5Conservative Ascendancy163
Crisis in Liberal identity (1880-86)163
A changing geography177
Chamberlain, Churchill and Salisbury (1886-90)187
Disintegration (1890-95)197
6Breaking the Mould?208
Imperial politics (1895-1905)208
Old Liberals - and new (1896-1906)223
The condition of England233
'The corner will be turned ...' (1906-14)248
App.: Some People267
Notes284
Bibliography307
Index320

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