9780521572187

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

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    9780521572187

  • ISBN10:

    0521572185

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vi
Preface viii
Chronology x
List of abbreviations
xiii
Introduction
1(70)
Catherine Hall
Keith McClelland
Jane Rendall
Historians and the Reform Act of 1867
1(19)
New approaches to political history
20(37)
Citizenship and the nation
57(14)
`England's greatness, the working man'
71(48)
Keith McClelland
From Chartism to the Reform League
77(12)
Arguments for reform
89(13)
Social change and politics
102(17)
The citizenship of women and the Reform Act of 1867
119(60)
Jane Rendall
The background to the women's suffrage movement, 1790-1865
121(9)
Women and the Reform Act of 1867
130(30)
Defining women's citizenship
160(16)
Conclusion
176(3)
The nation within and without
179(55)
Catherine Hall
Jamaica
192(12)
Ireland
204(17)
The parliamentary debates
221(13)
Appendices 234(28)
Bibliography 262(28)
Index 290

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