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The Chartists: Popular Politics in the Industrial Revolution


The Chartists: Popular Politics in the Industrial Revolution

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    Dorothy Thompson(Author)
The Chartists is a major contribution to our understanding not just of Chartism but of the whole experience of working-class people in mid-nineteenth century Britain. The book looks at who the Chartists were, what they hoped for from the political power they strove to gain, and why so many of them felt driven toward the use of physical force. It also studies the reactions of the middle and upper classes and the ways in which the two sides - radical and establishment - influenced each other's positions.This book is a uniquely authoritative discussion of the questions that Chartism raises for the historian; and for the historian, student and general reader alike it provides a vivid insight into the lives of working people as they passed through the traumas of the industrial revolution.
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  • PDF | 282 pages
  • Dorothy Thompson(Author)
  • Breviary Stuff Publications (1 Mar. 2013)
  • English
  • 8
  • History
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  • By Jon on 30 April 2010

    Dorothy Thompson is an exemplary historian. She has devoted a lifetime to the study of Chartism and the working class radicalism of the first half of the nineteenth century. She is a committed socialist but that informs her objectivity as a historian rather than diminishing it. This work is perhaps more a collection of essays than a thorough history of Chartism, but that is not a criticism. Each chapter reflects the most impressive scholarship, but I was particularly taken by the middle section: Who were the Chartists? Her answers are provocative and stimulating: almost every paragraph could be the stimulus for a PhD or a monograph. Two questions - why no other Amazon reviews and why no reprint?

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