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The Politics of the Poor: The East End of London 1885-1914

Marc Brodie


This book is about the political views of the ‘classic’ poor of London's East End in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. The residents of this area have been historically characterized as abjectly poor, casually employed, slum dwellers with a poverty-induced apathy toward political solutions interspersed with occasional violent displays of support for populist calls for protectionism, imperialism, or anti-alien agitation. These factors, in combination, have been thought to have allowed the Conservative Party to politically dominate the East End in this period. This study demonstrates tha ... More

Keywords: poverty-induced apathy, protectionism, imperialism, anti-alien agitation, Conservative Party, franchise laws, workplace structure, electoral register, Church of England, localized community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270552
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270552.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Brodie, author
Lecturer in Historical Studies, Monash University
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