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The Politics of the PoorThe East End of London 1885-1914$
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Marc Brodie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270552

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270552.001.0001

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(p.199) Conclusion
The Politics of the Poor


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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that the image of a populist Conservatism and a political apathy growing in the late Victorian and Edwardian period out of an abjectly poor East End is wrong. The examination of ‘models’ put forward by historians to support this idea has suggested that few were built upon a solid base of evidence, and that they often relied heavily upon superficial and unjustified assumptions regarding poverty, race, and religion. The politics of the East End working class were far more complex than these models allow.

Keywords:   East End, poverty, Conservatism, political apathy, Victorian period, Edwardian period, poor

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