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

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Mai 2002



Study of British political culture and the popular appeal of Liberal, Tory, and Labour politics, from 1867 to 1914.


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.


'This is a bold, intelligent, and highly readable book. Lawrence tilts at three central conventions of his period: the rise of class politics, the triumph of party and 'modernization' ... this important contribution, rich in ideas, deserves to be widely read ... Lawrence successfully weaves these disparate strands into a coherent and challenging thesis. In opening up several new fronts in the study of pre-1914 urban politics, this book demonstrates the continued vitality of a well-worn theme.' Economic History Review 'Speaking for the People is an impressive addition to the history of popular politics, which mounts a significant challenge to past work on political modernisation, the advent of party and the rise of class.' James Thompson, History Workshop Journal ' ... a remarkably dense, suggestive, bold and ambitious book which deserves wide and careful attention from all those interested in the social and political histories of 19th and 20th century Britain '. Reviews in History 'This is a rich and challenging book, which repays careful reading by a wide audience interested in the role of locales - how they are made and remade - in the constitution of British social, political and cultural life ... I strongly recommend it.' Economic and Political Areas
EAN: 9780521893664
ISBN: 0521893666
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2002
Seitenanzahl: 304 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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