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Radical artisans in England and France, 1830-1870 /
Iorwerth Prothero.
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Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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xvi, 424 p.
ISBN
0521582997 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
isbn
0521582997 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
1374523
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-04-01:
In this superb study Prothero investigates the richness and complexity of 19th-century artisan radicalism. The leaders of the movement (most of whom were from the middle class) offered all manner of prescriptions for democratic reform, and their prescriptions say as much about their idiosyncracies as about the challenges they faced. Most leaders called for immediate change, but some proposed transforming the consciousness of their followers by teaching them truths drawn from Christian socialism (or phrenology or Mesmerism). The artisans themselves often cared more about the companionship and sense of worth the movement offered than about any specific nostrums. Prothero shows that the artisans were often sharply divided against one another and by no means constituted a class (even though their conservative opponents thought they did). The author demonstrates that at the very time Marx claimed that being determines consciousness, nothing could have been further from the truth. He also leads readers to realize how different the radical artisan movement was from the organized labor movement that followed later in the century. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. S. Bailey Knox College
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"In this superb study Prothero investigates the richness and complexity of 19th-century artisan radicalism....The author demonstrates that at the very time Marx claimed that being determines consciousness, nothing could have been further from the truth." Choice
"...it is one that all historians conversant in the subject will wish to read." Marc W. Steinberg, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
'... its depth of coverage and analytical subtlety make it an essential study of radicalism and the broader development of nineteenth-century politics.' Economic History Review
'... its depth of coverage and analytical subtlety make it an essential study of radicalism and the broader development of nineteenth-century politics.'Economic History Review
‘… its depth of coverage and analytical subtlety make it an essential study of radicalism and the broader development of nineteenth-century politics.’Economic History Review
"...Prothero has produced an important and informative book that historians will read with profit. Prothero offers the most comprehensive and thorough examinations of French and English radicalism yet written." Michael D. Sibalis, Canadian Jrnl of History
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The focus of this study is on political radicalism at its high point around the middle of the 19th century, but broad topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism and religion are also examined in depth.
Description for Bookstore
This comparative 1997 study is based on many years of research in French and British archives. While the main focus is on political radicalism in England and France around the middle of the nineteenth century, topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism, popular culture and religion are also examined in depth.
Description for Bookstore
This comparative study is based on many years of research in French and British archives. While the main focus is on political radicalism in England and France around the middle of the nineteenth century, topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism, popular culture and religion are also examined in depth.
Description for Bookstore
This is a unique comparative study, based on many years of research in French and British archives. While the main focus is on political radicalism in England and France around the middle of the nineteenth century, topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism, popular culture and religion are also examined in depth. It therefore offers a major resource for anyone interested in the complex and diverse origins of modern political life and leads to many reinterpretations..
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This comparative study is based on many years of research in French and British archives. While the main focus is on political radicalism in England and France around the middle of the nineteenth century, topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism, popular culture and religion are also examined in depth. This book is based on a rich range of archival and printed primary source material and on many years of research in French and British archives. It therefore offers a major resource for anyone interested in the complex and diverse origins of modern political life.
Main Description
The focus of this comparative 1997 study is on political radicalism at its high point around the middle of the nineteenth century, but broad topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism and religion are also examined in depth. The author argues that French and English radicalism did not stem directly from or reflect work and workplace relations, but instead drew upon work groups and organizations, material concerns, or social and religious groups. Radicalism, it is argued, was part of everyday social life, the daily concerns of which affected its practice - though usually not its programmes. Radicalism was also characterized by cultural diversity, although actual forms of organization and action usually depended strongly upon the political context and strategic choices. The book also offers reinterpretations of specific developments and actions in both countries. This book is based on a rich range of archival and printed primary source material and on many years of research in French and British archives. It therefore offers a major resource for anyone interested in the complex and diverse origins of modern political life.
Main Description
The focus of this comparative study is on political radicalism at its high point around the middle of the nineteenth century, but broad topics such as trade unionism, co-operation, socialism and religion are also examined in depth. The author argues that French and English radicalism did not stem directly from or reflect work and workplace relations, but instead drew upon work groups and organizations, material concerns, or social and religious groups. Radicalism, it is argued, was part of everyday social life, the daily concerns of which affected its practice - though usually not its programmes. Radicalism was also characterized by cultural diversity, although actual forms of organization and action usually depended strongly upon the political context and strategic choices. The book also offers reinterpretations of specific developments and actions in both countries. This book is based on a rich range of archival and printed primary source material and on many years of research in French and British archives. It therefore offers a major resource for anyone interested in the complex and diverse origins of modern political life.
Main Description
The focus of this unique comparative study is on political radicalism at its high point around the middle of the nineteenth century, but broad topics such as trade unionism, cooperation, socialism, and religion are also examined in depth. The author argues that French and English radicalism did not stem directly from or reflect work and workplace relations, but instead drew upon work groups and organizations, material concerns, or social and religious groups. Radicalism, he argues, was part of everyday social life, the daily concerns of which affected its practice--though usually not its programs. Radicalism was also characterized by cultural diversity, although actual forms of organization and action usually depended strongly on the political context and strategic choices. The book also offers reinterpretations of specific developments and actions in both countries.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Artisans
Radicalisms
Trade unionism
Work and radicalism
Socialism
Co-operation
Class and radicalism
Political action and organisation
Education and civilisation
Religion and philosophy
The culture of radical clubs
Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index
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