Newspapers, Politics, and Public Opinion in Late Eighteenth-Century England: Newspapers Politics…

Hardcover | July 1, 1998

byHannah Barker

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Historians have traditionally attributed great influence to newspapers in late eighteenth-century England, yet in spite of the power they were supposed to wield, very little is known about the newspaper press itself during this period. Newspapers, Politics, and Public Opinion in Late Eighteenth-Century England examines the ways in which both London and provincial newspapers operated, the fashioning of their politics, and their relationships with politicians, and, crucially, their readers. In particular, this book is concerned with the ways in which newspapers both represented and shaped public opinion. By concentrating on the late 1770s and early 1780s, and on events and debates surrounding the movement for political reform, these areas are brought into sharper focus; as areimportant and related issues such as the changing nature of popular political debate, the role of `the people' in politics, and the composition of the political nation.

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Historians have traditionally attributed great influence to newspapers in late eighteenth-century England, yet in spite of the power they were supposed to wield, very little is known about the newspaper press itself during this period. Newspapers, Politics, and Public Opinion in Late Eighteenth-Century England examines the ways in wh...

Hannah Barker is a Lecturer in History at Keele University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198207417

ISBN - 13:9780198207412

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Newspapers and Newspaper Readers in London2. Newspaper Politics in the Capital3. London Newspapers and Reform4. Provincial Newspapers and Newspaper Readers5. The Politics of the Provincial Press6. Provincial Newspapers and ReformConclusion. Bibliography. Index.

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`examines the operations of London and provincial newspapers, the development of political standpoints, and relations between the Press, politicians and readers. In addition to material on various northern newspapers, there is an important treatment of the York newspapers and their involvementwith Christopher Wyvill and reformist politics, a study throwing new light on the representation and shaping of public opinion.'Northern History XXXV