The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847-1860

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byMiles Taylor

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This wide-ranging book - one of the first major studies of British radicalism in the years between the collapse of Chartism in 1848 and the advent of Gladstonian liberalism in the 1860s - explains how and why radicalism lost its hold over British politics.The book begins by re-examining the rise of radicalism in the 1830s and 1840s, arguing that it was the 1832 Reform Act which invigorated radicalism, by enlarging the powers of parliament and increasing the need for independent MPs. As independents, between the mid-1830s and the mid-1850s, radicals,alongside other liberals and reformers, were invested with unprecedented influence in parliament, in the constituencies, and in the media. During the 1850s events at home and in Europe undermined the radical ascendancy, and paved the way for the moderate liberalism of the Gladstone years.This is an original and comprehensive revision of mid-nineteenth century radicalism and its influence on the origins of Gladstonian liberalism, filling an important gap in our knowledge of Victorian political history.

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This wide-ranging book - one of the first major studies of British radicalism in the years between the collapse of Chartism in 1848 and the advent of Gladstonian liberalism in the 1860s - explains how and why radicalism lost its hold over British politics.The book begins by re-examining the rise of radicalism in the 1830s and 1840s, ar...

Miles Taylor is at Christ's College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:434 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198204825

ISBN - 13:9780198204824

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`Miles Taylor has uncovered the world of these parliamentary radicals with scrupulous scholarship and deft insight, and has traced the progress of their ideal in the climatic years of the late 1840s and 1850s ... He offers an excellent discussion of their major objectives ... this is a highlyintelligent and rich account, not just of Radicalism, but also of parliamentary politics, in the 1850s, and the reader will profit from its analyses of most of the big set-pieces of the decade, especially the foreign policy debates.'J.P. Parry, Pembroke College, Cambridge, Parliamentary Hisotry 16/3