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This book provides an engaging account of the development of democracy in Britain, from the 'unreformed' political system around 1815 to the parliamentary Reform Acts passed between 1832 and 1918. The author examines the impact that this period of constitutional change had upon the political life of the country, including the extension of the franchise, the limiting of the power of the House of Lords, the introduction of the secret ballot and the elimination of corrupt practices.
About the Author
Robert Pearce, who edited History Review from 1998 to 2012, is General Editor of Routledge Historical Biographies. His recent publications include 1930s Britain (Shire, 2010) and British Prime Ministers (Routledge, 2013). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The development of democracy in Britain
2. The unreformed political system
3. The Great Reform Act
4. Parliamentary reform after 1832
5. Local government
6. The changing role of monarchy
7. The Liberals, the Lords and reform 1906-14