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Entrepreneurial Politics in Mid-Victorian Britain

G. R. Searle


Historians have long debated the issue of why Britain did not experience a ‘middle-class revolution’. In the mid-Victorian years, in the aftermath of the Great Reform Act and the repeal of the Corn Laws, it seemed that a decisive shift of power from the aristocracy to the middle class might take place. This book shows how many MPs from business backgrounds, the so-called ‘entrepreneurial Radicals’, came to Westminster determined to impose their own values and priorities on national life. Some wanted to return public manufacturing establishments to private ownership; others hoped to create an ‘ ... More

Keywords: middle-class revolution, Great Reform Act, Corn Laws, MPs, entrepreneurial Radicals, private ownership, education, political culture, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203575
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. R. Searle, author
University of East Anglia