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Victorian Political Culture: 'Habits of Heart and Mind'

Angus Hawkins


This is a study of British political culture from the 1790s to c.1900. It explores the public values animating electoral activity, partisan attitudes, and political organization. It describes the varied and shifting beliefs and attitudes informing the understanding of power, status and authority. Notions of the past, morality, and community, it argues, were fundamental to shaping Liberalism, Conservatism, radicalism, and Socialism during this period. They framed competing understandings of the constitution, the vote, the political nation, representation, party, democracy, public opinion, arist ... More

Keywords: constitution, parliament, political culture, morality, community, electorate, voting, Conservatism, Whigs, Reformers, Liberals, radicals, political parties

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angus Hawkins, author
Professor of Modern British History, Keble College, Oxford University