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Currents of Radicalism

Currents of Radicalism
Popular Radicalism, Organised Labour and Party Politics in Britain, 1850–1914

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Eugenio F. Biagini, Alastair J. Reid, Miles Taylor, Rohan McWilliam, Jon Lawrence, Kenneth D. Brown, Jonathan Spain, Graham D. Goodlad, John Shepherd, Pat Thane, Duncan Tanner
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  • Date Published: June 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521394550

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  • 'Those who were originally called radicals and afterwards reformers, are called Chartists', declared Thomas Duncombe before Parliament in 1842, a comment which can be adapted for a later period and as a description of this collection of papers: 'those who were originally called Chartists were afterwards called Liberal and Labour activists'. In other words, the central argument of this book is that there was a substantial continuity in popular radicalism throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The papers stress both the popular elements in Gladstonian Liberalism and the radical liberal elements in the early Labour party. The first part of the book focuses on the continuity of popular attitudes across the commonly-assumed mid-century divide, with studies of significant personalities and movements, as well as a local case study. The second part examines the strong links between Gladstonian Liberalism and the working classes, looking in particular at labour law, taxation, and the Irish crisis. The final part assesses the impact of radical traditions on early Labour politics, in Parliament, the unions, and local government. The same attitudes towards liberty, the rule of law, and local democracy are highlighted throughout, and new questions are therefore posed about the major transitions in the popular politics of the period.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521394550
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Currents of radicalism, 1850–1914 Eugenio F. Biagini and Alastair J. Reid
    Part I. Continuities in Popular Radicalism:
    2. The old radicalism and the new: David Urquhart and the politics of opposition, 1832–1867 Miles Taylor
    3. Radicalism and popular culture: the Tichborne case and the politics of 'fair play', 1867–1886 Rohan McWilliam
    4. Popular politics and the limitations of party: Wolverhampton, 1867–1900 Jon Lawrence
    5. Nonconformity and trade unionism: the Sheffield outrages of 1866 Kenneth D. Brown
    Part II. The Liberal Party and the People:
    6. Trade unionists, Gladstonian Liberals, and the labour law reforms of 1875 Jonathan Spain
    7. Popular Liberals, Gladstonian finance, and the debate on taxation, 1860–1874 Eugenio F. Biagini
    8. Gladstone and his rivals: popular Liberal perceptions of the party leadership in the political crisis of 1885–1886 Graham D. Goodlad
    Part III. Radicals, Liberals, and the Labour Party:
    9. Labour and parliament: the Lib.-Labs. as the first working-class MPs, 1885–1906 John Shepherd
    10. Old Unionism reconsidered: the radicalism of Robert Knight, 1870–1900 Alastair J. Reid
    11. Labour and local politics: radicalism, democracy and the social reform, 1880–1914 Pat Thane
    12. Ideological debate in Edwardian Labour politics: radicalism, Revisionism and socialism Duncan Tanner

  • Editors

    Eugenio F. Biagini, Churchill College, Cambridge

    Alastair J. Reid, Girton College, Cambridge


    Eugenio F. Biagini, Alastair J. Reid, Miles Taylor, Rohan McWilliam, Jon Lawrence, Kenneth D. Brown, Jonathan Spain, Graham D. Goodlad, John Shepherd, Pat Thane, Duncan Tanner

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