Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • John Belchem

Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 189-222

About this book


In offering a wide-ranging overview of radicalism throughout the 'long' nineteenth century, from the mid eighteenth century to the aftermath of the First World War, this study contests the methods and findings of recent revisionist interpretations.

Radical movements faced a more difficult task than other political formations since they sought not merely to construct an audience - to find a language which resonated with people's material needs and greivances - but to mobilise for change. Options were limited as radicals had to conform to rhetorical, organisational and cultural norms to ensure popular legitimacy and support. This volume pays particular attention therefore to contextual factors: to the changing codes and conventions of political culture and public space. Through critical engagement with revisionist and post-modernist interpretations, it throws new light on factors which often divided liberals from radicals, and indeed, radicals from themselves.

This is an accessible and much-needed introduction to the new linguistic and cultural approaches to nineteenth-century popular politics.


18th century Britain culture freedom Great Britain history history of literature ideology knowledge liberty pattern progressive reform revolution space

Authors and affiliations

  • John Belchem
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  1. 1.LiverpoolEngland

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