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The Liberal Party in Rural England 1885-1910: Radicalism and Community

Patricia Lynch


This book explores the relationship between the British Liberal party and the rural working-class voters enfranchised by the Third Reform Act of 1884. In contrast to many works that present urban voters as the primary agents of political change in 19th- and 20th-century England, this study argues that an examination of the dynamics of popular rural politics is essential to a thorough understanding of political developments in the early years of mass enfranchisement. Prior to 1914, capturing a substantial portion of the rural vote was essential to any political party seeking to establish a stro ... More

Keywords: British Liberal Party, rural voters, enfranchisement, political change, social protest, community, New Liberal, class allegiances

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199256211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patricia Lynch, author