Britain before the Reform Act: Politics and Society by Eric J. Evans

By Eric J. Evans

In the years1815-1832, Britain got here with regards to revolution. Fewer than two decades separate the conflict of Waterloo from the passing of the ‘Great’ Reform Act yet in this interval Britain’s political elite used to be challenged as by no means prior to. In emerging to that problem, the political elite tried, with enormous good fortune, to make sure that Britain engineered that almost all perilous of transitions, from a much less complicated and extra deferential society right into a sleek city and commercial one, whereas avoding political revolution.

In this widely revised 2d variation Evans engages with a welter of recent fabric and clean interpretations. The publication sheds mild either at the demanding situations to latest political and social authority and why these demanding situations have been noticeable off.

Evans examines:

·         The composition of Britain’s political elite and the way this elite coped with the issues thrown up by way of a society urbanising and modernising at an unparalleled rate.

·         How Britain reacted to the longer-term implications of the French Revolution, together with the advance of a extra cohesive nationwide identification.  

·         How the elite tried to keep up public order during this interval – and with what good fortune.

·         the level of swap in Britain’s political approach led to by means of political, spiritual and administrative reforms

 Written in obtainable sort, with a wealthy choice of files, chronology, thesaurus, a consultant to extra reading,and a ‘Who’s Who’ which summarises the careers and contributions of the most figures, this re-creation is vital for all these drawn to knowing Britain at this most vital turning element in its history.

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He therefore changed his mind on Catholic Emancipation and reluctantly saw the necessity for some kind of parliamentary reform, though he considered the Whigs’ Reform Act dangerously radical. He was a hard-working prime minister but, being used as a military man to giving orders, found the political arts of compromise and dissimulation difficult to master. William IV (1765–1837): He was the third son of George III and his wife, Caroline of Mecklenburgh-Strelitz and, as such, did not expect to become King.

J. Robinson (later Goderich) becomes President of the Board of Trade 13 January In India, treaty of mutual friendship signed between British and Maharana Bhim Singh. Rajputana states come under British protection. Most of India now under British influence Vestries Act (Sturges Bourne Act) establishes a new system of electing parish officials on basis on landownership 2 June Surrender of the Marathas to British forces at end of Anglo-Maratha war begun in 1817. Maratha Empire in India comes to an end Habeas Corpus Act re-established July–August Manchester spinners strike; several disturbances take place August General Election gives Liverpool’s Tories a majority in the Commons Foundation of the Church Building Society.

Taylor, Robert (1784–1844): Deistical writer, lecturer and radical politician. He was strongly influenced by Richard Carlile in the 1820s. He was imprisoned both for debt and for blasphemy in the late 1820s and used prison as a place in which to write and publish radical material. He preached regularly on deistical themes at the Rotunda in Blackfriars. This activity led to further imprisonment for blasphemy in 1831. His unorthodox religious views alienated him from many radical politicians. Thistlewood, Arthur (1774–1820): Revolutionary.

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