The Politics of ‘Protest Heritage’, 1790–1850

  • Steve Poole


Acts and marks of commemoration, from anniversary dinners to monuments and statues were vital components in the production of an English democratic culture in the ‘age of revolutions’. But acts of remembrance were not always consensual and reformers were sometimes divided over both the form and subject of commemoration, often making it easier to critique the loyalist appropriation of public space and the erection of monuments to the unworthy than it was to agree upon an alternative. This essay considers these points of non-convergence and argues that it was not so much ideological or practical disagreements over constitutionalism or physical/moral force that divided the movement but political compromise—the gradual abandonment of bedrock demands for universal manhood suffrage.

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  • Steve Poole
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  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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