Speaking for the People: Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867-1914

Speaking for the People: Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867-1914

by Jon Lawrence
     
 

ISBN-10: 052147034X

ISBN-13: 9780521470346

Pub. Date: 05/14/1998

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Speaking for the People examines the popular appeal of Liberal, Tory and Labour politics between 1867 and 1914. The main theme of the book is a recognition, and exploration, of the problematic relationship between political parties and the people they sought to represent. The book challenges traditional ideas about the 'triumph of party' after 1867, suggesting that…  See more details below

Overview

Speaking for the People examines the popular appeal of Liberal, Tory and Labour politics between 1867 and 1914. The main theme of the book is a recognition, and exploration, of the problematic relationship between political parties and the people they sought to represent. The book challenges traditional ideas about the 'triumph of party' after 1867, suggesting that politics remained much more fluid and unpredictable than historians have often allowed. It is this, the book suggests, which explains why politicians from most parties, including Labour, remained highly ambivalent about the likely consequences of further democratisation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521470346
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/14/1998
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IRethinking popular politics
1From the rise of 'demos' to the 'rise of class'11
2Working-class homogeneity reconsidered26
3Relocating popular politics41
Pt. IIA local study: Wolverhampton, c. 1860-1914
4Liberal hegemony and its critics73
5Popular Toryism and the origins of Labour politics99
6Labour and the working class, 1890-1914128
Pt. IIIParty games, 1885-1914
7Popular politics and the limitations of party163
8The fall and rise of popular Liberalism, 1886-1906194
9Labour roots, Labour voices, Labour myths227
Conclusion264
Bibliography268
Index276

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >