Languages of Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

J Thompson, D Craig

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The way citizens imagine their polities is a central part of the history of any nation. Their hopes and fears not only guide their own political behaviour, but also shape the responses of politicians. Languages of Politics provides a comprehensible and accessible portrait of public life and political language across the whole of nineteenth-century Britain. It asks: What was the political language actually used by contemporaries? How far were such languages stable and coherent across the period? In what ways did they offer both guides for political action and templates for political judgment? Did they demonstrate consensus or reveal contention? What kinds of shifts and transformations can be identified? This volume brings together leading historians to consider central topics such as governance, statesmanship, patriotism, political economy, religion, democracy, women's suffrage, Ireland and India. The map of the century it offers will be invaluable to all students of political culture.
Translated title of the contributionLanguages of Politics: mapping Britain's long nineteenth century
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages264
ISBN (Print)9780230304024
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2013


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