Speaking for the People
Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867-1914
By (author) Jon Lawrence
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Speaking for the People by Jon Lawrence
Book DescriptionSpeaking for the People, first published in 1998, draws our attention to the problematic nature of politicians' claims to represent others, and in doing so it challenges conventional ideas about both the rise of class politics, and the triumph of party between 1867 and 1914. The book emphasises the strongly gendered nature of party politics before the First World War, and suggests that historians have greatly underestimated the continuing importance of the 'politics of place'. Most importantly, however, Speaking for the People argues that we must break away from teleological notions such as the 'modernisation' of politics, the taming of the 'popular', or the rise of class. Only then will we understand the shifting currents of popular politics. Speaking for the People represents a major challenge to the ways in which historians and political scientists have studied the interaction between party politics and popular political cultures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521893664
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jon Lawrence
Structures and Transformations in Modern British History, Paperback (January 2014)
A major new collection of essays on modern British history by leading scholars in the field.
Electing Our Masters, Hardback (March 2009)
An engaging history of electioneering in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present, highlighting how the television age has altered the interaction of politicians and public and asking what the media must now do to reinvigorate public politics.
Speaking for the People, Hardback (May 1998)» View all books by Jon Lawrence
A 1998 study of British political culture and the popular appeal of Liberal, Tory, and Labour politics, from 1867 to 1914.
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