Were the Working Classes Revolutionary?

  • Neil Tonge
  • Michael Quincey
Part of the Documents and Debates book series (DD)


At the close of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain experienced chronic price rises and periods of desperate unemployment. It is the latter factor which appeared to be the catalyst in the periods of political upheaval but when relative stability returned agitation turned to demanding better conditions and wages.


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Further reading

  1. E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class (1966);Google Scholar
  2. E. J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolution 1789–1848 (1962);Google Scholar
  3. A. Briggs, The Age of Improvement (1959);Google Scholar
  4. F. C. Mather, Chartism (1972);Google Scholar
  5. D. Jones, Chartism and the Chartists (1975).Google Scholar

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© Neil Tonge and Michael Quincey 1980

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  • Neil Tonge
  • Michael Quincey

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