Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867

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Juni 2003



Defining the Victorian Nation offers a fresh perspective on one of the most significant pieces of legislation in nineteenth-century Britain. Hall, McClelland and Rendall demonstrate that the Second Reform Act was marked by controversy about the extension of the vote, new concepts of masculinity and the masculine voter, the beginnings of the women's suffrage movement, and a parallel debate about the meanings and forms of national belonging. Fascinating illustrations illuminate the argument, and a detailed chronology, biographical notes and a selected bibliography offer further support to the student reader.


Preface; Chronology; Introduction; 1. England's greatness, the working man; 2. The citizenship of women and the Reform Act of 1867; 3. The nation within and without; Appendix: voting qualifications, reform proposals, and the effects of electoral reform 1832-1868; Cast of characters; Bibliography.


'... a wonderfully useful little book, one that deserves a central place on the bookshelves and syllabi of historians of nineteenth-century British politics.' History Workshop Journal 'Its import for work in race and ethnicity lies in the ways that neither is examined in isolation from other factors, such as the increasingly unfashionable structural dimensions of class. Instead they are examined speculatively and in relation to actual historical events and conditions.' Ethnic and Racial Studies ' ... the authors of Defining the Victorian Nation have given parliamentary history a chance to widen its horizons that parliamentary historians will disdain at their peril.' Parliamentary History '... Hall, McClelland and Rendall do give an enriched picture of Victorian political assumptions in the 1860s in a book that is sure to be widely adopted by Victorian cultural historians ... This is an interesting, thought-provoking volume ... this is a useful book that brings together a wide range of new scholarship in cultural history and shows how it may be used to illuminate traditional political history.' Thomas William Heyck, Northwestern University
EAN: 9780521572187
ISBN: 0521572185
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2003
Seitenanzahl: 320 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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