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The Decline of British Radicalism, 1847–1860

Miles Taylor


This book is a study of British radicalism in the years between the collapse of Chartism in 1848 and the advent of Gladstonian liberalism in the 1860s. It explains how and why radicalism lost its hold over British politics. The book begins by re-examining the rise of radicalism in the 1830s and 1840s, arguing that it was the 1832 Reform Act which invigorated radicalism, by enlarging the powers of parliament and increasing the need for independent MPs. As independents, between the mid-1830s and the mid-1850s, radicals, alongside other liberals and reformers, were invested with unprecedented inf ... More

Keywords: British radicalism, Chartism, Gladstonian liberalism, Reform Act, independent MPs, Victorian politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miles Taylor, author
Christ's College, Cambridge
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