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Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • David Craig
  • James Thompson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David Craig, James Thompson
    Pages 1-20
  3. James Thompson
    Pages 21-43
  4. David Craig
    Pages 44-68
  5. Jonathan Parry
    Pages 69-92
  6. Simon Skinner
    Pages 93-117
  7. Anthony Howe
    Pages 118-141
  8. Robert Saunders
    Pages 142-167
  9. Ben Griffin
    Pages 168-190
  10. Matthew Kelly
    Pages 191-217
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 242-255

About this book


A comprehensible and accessible portrait of the various 'languages' which shaped public life in nineteenth century Britain, covering key themes such as governance, statesmanship, patriotism, economics, religion, democracy, women's suffrage, Ireland and India.


Britain democracy economy empire governance government nationalism

Editors and affiliations

  • David Craig
    • 1
  • James Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DurhamUK
  2. 2.University of BristolUK

About the editors

Ben Griffin, University of Cambridge, UK Anthony Howe, University of East Anglia, UK Matthew Kelly, University of Southampton, UK Jonathan Parry, University of Cambridge, UK Robert Saunders, University of Oxford, UK Simon Skinner, University of Oxford, UK Jon Wilson, King's College London, UK

Bibliographic information


“David Craig reviews the attributes of statesmanship most prized by 19th-century commentators. … Craig offers a useful contemporary insight into perceptions of leading parliamentary alumni, including Disraeli, Peel, Russell, and Gladstone, sketching out in embryo many of the interpretations which later biographers have amplified. … The volume offers a valuable panoramic survey of the changing textures of language over the course of the 19th century … .” (Richard A. Gaunt, Parliamentary History, Vol. 37 (03), October 11, 2018)

"As the editors acknowledge, there is still some way to go in bringing together the 'fractured' (p. 6) and 'confused' (p. 2) field of nineteenth-century political history. However, in assembling such a rich collection of essays, Craig and Thompson have made more than 'a necessary start' (p. 17)." - The Journal of the Historical Association