Voices of the People

Democray and Chartist Political Identity 1830-1870

Author(s): HALL, Robert G
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850365573

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Work, Democracy and the Making of Chartist Political Identities, 1830-1860 This examination of Chartist democracy viewed `from below’ considers which groups were more and less vocal in the movement and how political identity intertwined with craft, ethnicity, gender and class.

The study explores the development and decline of Chartism as a coherent political identity between 1830 and 1860 and illustrates the creation of Chartist identity from the perspective of plebeian intellectuals and activists in Ashton-under-Lyne and other militant localities of Greater Manchester and Lancashire. It questions myths, memories, and identities and will appeal to students of history, sociology and culture, and challenges the approach of Gareth Stedman-Jones, Patrick Joyce and James Vernon.,

’deserves to be widely read and discussed for a long time to come’. Labour History Review. ‘an important contribution to Chartist historiography which will also be of interest to local historians. It is well-written and very readable – recommended.’ History Alive Tameside

‘The work of the Merlin Press Chartist series, of which this work is the eighth volume, and its indefatigable editor Owen Ashton deserve special praise. ..... Hall’s book provides both some stimulating new research and approaches and a useful but not overstated riposte to some of the revisionist approaches that have claimed that Chartism never amounted to anything much anyway.’ International Socialism

‘Chartism used to be interpreted as an ancestor of the Labour Party. More recently, there has been a tendency to see it as one source of the Gladstonian Liberal Party. The new wave of Chartist studies (like Hall’s), by contrast, brings out the peculiarities of the movement. We are going to be arguing about it for some time to come.’ H-Albion ‘In conclusion I enjoyed this book It is clear, well written and holds the reader’s attention. It is reasonable pricesd and makes a welcome addition to the Merlin Press ‘Chartist Studies Series’’ Manchester Region History Review

Contents: One of many: the making of identity in the 19th century; The art and mystery of mule spinning, skill and gender, 1830-1860; What is a Chartist, political Identity 1837-1842; A united people, leaders and followers, 1837-1850; Radicalization versus liberation causes and consequences of decline 1848-1860; Chartism remembered. Five Appendices: Technological change; Ashton mule spinners and power loom weavers; Statistical profiles of Chartist leaders and followers, Social structure and religion in Ashton; Parliamentary elections, 1832-1841.

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850365573
ISBN10 0850365570
Author HALL, Robert G
Binding Paperback
Date Published 14 Sep 2007
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 240
Publisher Merlin Press

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