By Eugenio F. Biagini (editor), Alastair J. Reid (editor)
'Those who have been initially known as radicals and afterwards reformers, are referred to as Chartists', declared Thomas Duncombe prior to Parliament in 1842, a remark that are tailored for a later interval and as an outline of this selection of papers: 'those who have been initially known as Chartists have been afterwards referred to as Liberal and Labour activists'. In different phrases, the principal argument of this ebook is that there has been a considerable continuity in renowned radicalism through the 19th and into the 20th century. The papers rigidity either the preferred components in Gladstonian Liberalism and the unconventional liberal components within the early Labour get together. the 1st a part of the publication specializes in the continuity of renowned attitudes around the commonly-assumed mid-century divide, with reports of important personalities and activities, in addition to a neighborhood case learn. the second one half examines the robust hyperlinks among Gladstonian Liberalism and the operating sessions, having a look particularly at labour legislation, taxation, and the Irish concern. the ultimate half assesses the influence of radical traditions on early Labour politics, in Parliament, the unions, and native govt. an analogous attitudes in the direction of liberty, the rule of thumb of legislation, and native democracy are highlighted all through, and new questions are accordingly posed concerning the significant transitions within the well known politics of the interval.
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P. Thompson papers, DTH/4/14. This correspondence was later published as Audi Alterant Partem. Letters of a Representative to His Constituents, 3 vols. (London, 1858-61). The old radicalism and the new 41 hart's organisational strategy, the foreign affairs committees formed during 1857 agreed with the broad thrust of Urquhart's analysis of events. They accepted that Palmerston had subverted the functions of the Privy Council and that his diplomatic representatives in the Indian subcontinent knew no lawful restraints on their exercise of power.
In stressing the single-minded and didactic character of the Urquhart movement, historians have thus laid emphasis precisely where Urquhart would have wished, but not necessarily where it is due. The purpose of this chapter is to relocate Urquhart and the foreign affairs committees within the mainstream of the political culture from which they emerged. II There are good empirical grounds for treating Urquhart's account of the foreign affairs committees with some scepticism. In the first place, it is by no means clear that it was the Crimean war which provided the impetus for the formation of the majority of the committees.
1857, pp. 249-50, 5 Aug. 1857, pp. 417-21; cf. Urquhart, The Rebellion of India (1857). 77 See George Crawshay's arguments in The Immediate Cause of the Indian Mutiny, as set forth in the Official Correspondence (Newcastle, 1857) and The Catastrophe of the East India Company (London, 1858).
Currents of Radicalism: Popular Radicalism, Organised Labour and Party Politics in Britain, 1850–1914 by Eugenio F. Biagini (editor), Alastair J. Reid (editor)