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The rise and fall of radical Westminster, 1780-1890 [electronic resource] /
Marc Baer.
imprint
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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xvi, 363 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780230349315
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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9780230349315
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8551402
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-347) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-05-01:
The borough of Westminster had one of the broadest electorates in the unreformed House of Commons. That, and its location literally at the doors of Parliament, made it an ideal constituency for radical candidates during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Charles James Fox, Sir Francis Burdett, and John Stuart Mill all sat for Westminster after turbulent election campaigns. Victorian politics in Westminster were considerably tamer, as the stationery tycoon W. H. Smith brought the borough over to the Conservative side. Baer (Hope College) deconstructs Westminster politics between 1780 and 1890, analyzing the effects on Westminster elections of such factors as place, gender, class, personality, campaign organization, political language, ritual, violence, and visual imagery. This last factor is particularly well done, as Baer explains the social and ideological meanings of 40 classic caricatures by James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, and others, which are reproduced in the book. Election rituals included processions of butchers flourishing cleavers and marrowbones, a fixture in late-18th-century campaigns, but discouraged by radical reformers. After encountering this book, readers will never see parliamentary elections the same way again. Baer's research is extensive--there are over 100 pages of index and notes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. J. R. Breihan Loyola University Maryland
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Using the most scrutinized political place in modern Britain, The Rise and Fall of Radical Westminster, 1780-1890 expands our understanding of political culture. To reveal how the most radical and contentious site in an age of oligarchy became the most conservative and tranquil in an age of democracy, the book utilizes the remarkable documentation generated by elections in 'the first constituency of the empire'. Ambitious in scope, encompassing personality, language, crowd behaviour, political space, ritual, associational culture and the analysis of hundreds of political prints, the book engages with a number of the most significant trends in modern British historiography and related disciplines. By providing an alternative to previous understandings of democratization, while at the same time integrating sources from élite and popular political culture, Rise and Fall of Radical Westminster reveals the shift in London from popular radicalism to popular Conservatism, one of the most momentous developments in 19th-century British history.
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Using the London borough of Westminster, this book explores the democratization of nineteenth century British political culture
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The Rise and Fall of Radical Westminster, 1780-1890 explores a critical chapter in the story of Britain's transition to democracy. Utilizing the remarkably rich documentation generated by Westminster elections, Baer reveals how the most radical political space in the age of oligarchy became the most conservative and tranquil in an age of democracy.
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This volume explores a critical chapter in the story of Britain's transition to democracy. Utilising the remarkably rich documentation generated by Westminster elections, Marc Baer reveals how the most radical political space in the age of oligarchy became the most conservative and tranquil in an age of democracy.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Commencement: The Boundaries of Politics
Stories: Whig, Radical, and Tory Westminster
Tribunes: The Personality of Democracy
Words: The Languages of Democracy
Crowds: The Decline of Disorder
Spaces: Civic, Public, Private and Social
Rituals: Performing Demotic Culture
Associations: From Actors to Audiences
Pictures: Democracy Imagined
Conclusion: The Workshop of Democracy
Appendix: Westminster Election Results, 1780-1891
Bibliography
Index
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