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Charles Tilly is the first to address the depth and significance of the transmutations in popular collection action during this period. As he unravels the story of thousands of popular struggles and their consequences, he illuminates the dynamic relationships among an industrializing, capitalizing, proletarianizing economy; a war-making, growing, increasingly interventionist state; and the internal history of contention that spawned such political entrepeneurs as Francis Place and Henry Hunt. Tilly's research rests on a catalog of more than 8,000 contentious gatherings described in British periodicals, plus ample documentation from British archives and historical monographs.
The author elucidates four distinct phases in the transformation to mass political participation, and identifies the forms and occasions for collective action that characterized and dominated each. He provides rich descriptions not only of a wide variety of popular protests but also of such influential figures as John Wilkes, Lord George Gordon, William Cobbett, and Daniel O'Connell. This engaging study offers a vivid picture of Great Britain during a pivotal era.
To view Power Point slides of the last undergraduate course of Charles Tilly (with Ernesto Castaneda) in Spring 2007, which are related to his Paradigm book with Sidney Tarrow, Contentious Politics, please click here.
Chapter 1: From Mutiny to Mass Mobilization
Chapter 2: Contention under a Magnifying Glass
Chapter 3: Capital, State, and Class in Britain, 1750-1840
Chapter 4: Wilkes, Gordon, and Popular Vengeance, 1758-1788
Chapter 5: Revolution, War, and Other Struggles, 1789-1815
Chapter 6: State, Class, and Contention, 1816-1827
Chapter 7: Struggle and Reform, 1828-1834
Chapter 8: From Donkeying to Demonstrating
Appendix 1: Sources and Methods
Appendix 2: Major Acts by the British Government Directly Affecting Popular Association and Collective Action, 1750-1834