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Politics and the People
A Study in English Political Culture, 1815–1867

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  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521115087

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  • This ambitious and provocative study provides a unique narrative of nineteenth-century English political history. Based on extensive research the book draws on critical theory to read and interpret a vast range of oral, visual and printed sources, in an attempt to expand our conception of the politics of the period. Read in the context of such sources, nineteenth-century English politics becomes resolved into a story about the struggle to define the nation's constitution, past, present and future. It suggests the existence of a popular strain of English libertarian politics, albeit one whose radical and democratic potential was gradually closed down. In short, despite the invention of a liberal constitution in this period, politics became less (not more) democratic, a lesson which the author sees as pertinent for many struggling to live in, or establish, liberal democratic constitutions in our own times.

    • A scintillating new deconstructionalist exercise in cultural history by one of the new young generation of social historians
    •  Presents a highly ambitious and provocative new interpretation of English politics of the period using a range of unusual sources
    • Aims consciously at contriving a message for readers by comparing the limitations set on liberty in the nineteenth century with our own times
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521115087
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of tables
    1. Introduction: a new political history
    Part I. Politics, Community and Power:
    2. Power legislated: the structure of official politics
    3. Power imagined: the culture of official politics
    4. The medium and the message: power, print, and the public sphere
    Part II. The Language of Organisation:
    5. A language of party?
    6. Organisation as symbol
    7. The politics of culture
    8. The idol and the icon: leaders and their popular constituencies
    Part III. Narratives of the Nation:
    9. The nation and its people: the discourse of popular constitutionalism
    10. Conclusion: new narratives in the history of English politics?

  • Author

    James Vernon, University of Manchester

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