Politics Without Democracy: England 1815-1918

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November 1999



Offers a view of how Britain made a peaceful transition to representative democracy. This book attempts to take the reader into the minds of the politicians of the day. It presents an account of how Britain was transformed from a society governed by the landed gentry to one responsive to the pressures of the newly-industrialized masses.


Acknowledgements. Map: Some Places. Introduction to the First Edition. Introduction to the Second Edition. Part I: Pressure from Without, 1815-65: 1. The Transformation of Party. 2. Renewal and Consolidation. 3. The Mechanics of Stability. Part II: Pressure from Within, 1865-1914: 4. Occupying the Centre. 5. Conservative Ascendancy. 6. Breaking the Mould? Appendix: Some People. Notes. Bibliography. Research Theses. Primary Sources. Further Reading. Index.


Michael Bentley is Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews.


"Refreshing, inspiring and elegant, there are few historians active today who could write at once as stimulatingly and as readably." Historical Journal "The challenge implicit in Bentley's task is great. His response is witty, intellectually exciting, stylistically seductive, and itself stands as a challenge to broad perspectives on Victorian politics." Victorian Studies "Bentley writes with a wide fund of knowledge; his judgements are shrewd and always worth considering. Encrusted orthodoxies are often challenged and negative home truths are brought into the open." Times Higher Education Supplement
EAN: 9780631218135
ISBN: 0631218130
Untertitel: 'Blackwell Classic Histories of'. Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1999
Seitenanzahl: 356 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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