History cannot be segregated into neat, topical departments. The economic historian may nestle behind demographic data, terms of trade, and productivity indices, but he must acknowledge that government policies and social options are often crucial factors in economic decisions. G. M. Trevelyan once described social history as history with the politics left out. But any meaningful study of social history demands the consideration of political institutions and relationships if it is to have coherent form and substance. This volume is a selection of documents, in emphasis more narrowly political, that can most profitably be used with its companion volume Victorian Culture and Society. Political issues, after all, derive from economic, social, ideological, even psychological elements, none of which should be assessed in a vacuum. Chartism was, at bottom, a futile challenge to a changing economic and social world, as was the Pentrich rising of 1817 before it. Gladstonian liberalism derived from ideological notions and religious-humanitarian values. Disraelian conservatism was similarly woven into the fabric of Victorian life.
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