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Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth-Century Britain
click A wide-ranging overview of radicalism throughout the 'long' nineteenth century, from the days of 'Wilkes and Liberty' to the aftermath of the First World War, this study offers a critical introduction to new linguistic and cultural approaches. Radicalism is studied through a variety of perspectives: the history of ideas, the framework of popular culture and the pattern of political behaviour.
It argues that though the radicals faced more severe conditions than their middle-class London counterparts, the experience of attempting political activity within prison shaped the constitutionalist nature of working-class radicalism.
The radicals connected their grievances with conditions in county gaols 'reformed' under disciplinary regimes with larger government corruption and oppression under the Suspension of Habeas Corpus Act. Their complaints formed part of the wider prison reform movement that led to Robert Peel's Gaols Acts of and
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