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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
 

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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

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

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Rethinking Popular Politics: 1. From the rise of 'demos' to the rise of 'class'; 2. Working-class homogeneity reconsidered; 3. Relocating popular politics; Part II. A Local Study: Wolverhampton, c.1860-1914: 4. Liberal hegemony and its critics; 5. Popular Toryism and the origins of Labour politics; 6. Labour and the working class, 1890-1914; Part III. Party Games, 1885-1914: 7. Popular politics and the limitations of party; 8. The fall and the rise of popular Liberalism, 1886-1906; 9. Labour roots, Labour voices, Labour myths; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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