Religious Dissent And Political Modernization: Church, Chapel and Party in Nineteenth-Century…

Hardcover | March 15, 2008

byRichard D. Floyd

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This new research investigates the political controversies that swirled around a powerful and privileged state church and an aroused protestant and Catholic dissent demanding equality. Through close examination of dozens of electoral contests in several carefully chosen constituencies, the author demonstrates that the fundamental division separating the burgeoning liberal and conservative parties in England in the 1830s and 1840s was religion, and that this controversy was what created a perceptible two-party system in British politics.

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This new research investigates the political controversies that swirled around a powerful and privileged state church and an aroused protestant and Catholic dissent demanding equality. Through close examination of dozens of electoral contests in several carefully chosen constituencies, the author demonstrates that the fundamental divis...

RICHARD D. FLOYD has a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and a PhD from Washington University. He has taught a number of introductory surveys in history, and as well as upper-division courses in British, European, and imperial history. His other publications include a chapter in History, Nationhood and the Question of Britain ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:March 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230525407

ISBN - 13:9780230525405

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Introduction: The Politics of Dissent at the Time of the Great Reform Bill * PART I * "A Free Trade-a Free Vote-and a Free Religion...": The Politico-Religious Landscape of Reformed England, 1832-1847 * Religion and Politics in a Northeastern Cathedral Town: The Case of Durham * Religion and Politics in an Industrial Midland City: The Case of Nottingham * Religion and Politics in an East Anglian Port City: The Case of Ipswich * Religion and Politics in a Southern Midland Agricultural Town: The Case of Bedford * Religion and Politics in a Southwestern City: The Case of Exeter * PART II * Evidence of Partisan Alignment in Parliament, 1833-1847 * Evidence of Partisan Alignment at the Constituent Level, 1832-1847 * Conclusion: The Legacy of Dissent in English Politics in the 19th Century * Appendix A * Appendix B