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Politics without Democracy: England 1815-1918 / Edition 2

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Overview

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'.
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"Refreshing, inspiring and elegant, there are few historians active today who could write at once as stimulatingly and as readably." Historical Journal

"The challenge implicit in Bentley's task is great. His response is witty, intellectually exciting, stylistically seductive, and itself stands as a challenge to broad perspectives on Victorian politics." Victorian Studies

"Bentley writes with a wide fund of knowledge; his judgements are shrewd and always worth considering. Encrusted orthodoxies are often challenged and negative home truths are brought into the open." Times Higher Education Supplement

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Meet the Author

Michael Bentley is Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Map: Some Places
Introduction to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Pt. I Pressure from Without, 1815-65 1
1 The Transformation of Party 3
Politicians and the post-war environment 3
Insurrection, containment and the cabinet (1815-20) 12
Party, policy and Canning (1820-26) 24
Emancipation, reform and the Duke (1826-30) 33
2 Renewal and Consolidation 44
The reform coach (1830-34) 44
The new structure 53
'Conservatives' and 'Liberals' (1831-41) 60
The choking of Peelite politics (1841-6) 72
3 The Mechanics of Stability 84
A moment of anxiety (1846-52) 84
A changing climate: the 1850s and beyond 96
The birth of Liberal England (1857-65) 110
Pt. II Pressure from within, 1865-1914 123
4 Occupying the Centre 125
Reversing the logic of reform (1865-7) 125
In the dark 135
Inventing Gladstonian Liberalism (1867-76) 141
For Palmerston read Disraeli (1872-80) 154
5 Conservative Ascendancy 163
Crisis in Liberal identity (1880-86) 163
A changing geography 177
Chamberlain, Churchill and Salisbury (1886-90) 187
Disintegration (1890-95) 197
6 Breaking the Mould? 208
Imperial politics (1895-1905) 208
Old Liberals - and new (1896-1906) 223
The condition of England 233
'The corner will be turned ...' (1906-14) 248
App.: Some People 267
Notes 284
Bibliography 307
Index 320
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