Chartism in the British World and Beyond
This chapter studies the interaction between the most significant working-class political movement of the nineteenth century and the British world. Although Chartism has traditionally been studied mostly as insular, its imperial and world dimensions are now appearing more clearly. One dimension is the way Chartism was influenced by ideas and political events in the overseas Empire, e.g. the rebellion in British North America in 1837-38. A second dimension is the Chartists commenting upon Empire. A third dimension is the overseas emigration of Chartists and their impact on the making of their democratic and land reforms ideals in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Last, this paper asks whether Chartism had an impact on Continental Europe, namely France, Belgium, and Germany.