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Introduction

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Abstract

Some would say that the study of nineteenth-century politics is just now in a curiously unsatisfactory condition. Other areas seem more dynamic. Many scholars have moved towards research in twentieth-century history while others now focus principally upon Victorian culture. Undergraduate courses feature less nineteenth-century British politics than was once the case. It would be wrong, though, to attribute the problematic state of the field simply to neglect. After all, a fair amount of work continues to be produced on nineteenth-century political history. Those coming to the period for the first time are unlikely to be struck by the absence of writing on late Victorian liberalism or on the career of Disraeli. Indeed, the last 30 years have seen the publication of numerous important works that taken together have fundamentally altered our picture of the political history of nineteenth-century Britain. And yet few would deny that the field faces difficult times.

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Nineteenth Century Constitutional Ideal Political Thought Political History Political Language 
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