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Politics without Democracy: England 1815-1918, 2nd Edition



Politics without Democracy: England 1815-1918, 2nd Edition

Michael Bentley

ISBN: 978-0-631-21812-8 November 1999 Wiley-Blackwell 356 Pages


Politics Without Democracy provides an entertaining and highly original view of how Britain made a peaceful transition to representative democracy - a change characterized in other countries by convulsive and bloody civil strife.

Map: Some Places.

Introduction to the First Edition.

Introduction to the Second Edition.

Part I: Pressure from Without, 1815-65: .

1. The Transformation of Party.

2. Renewal and Consolidation.

3. The Mechanics of Stability.

Part II: Pressure from Within, 1865-1914: .

4. Occupying the Centre.

5. Conservative Ascendancy.

6. Breaking the Mould?.

Appendix: Some People.



Research Theses.

Primary Sources.

Further Reading.


"Refreshing, inspiring and elegant, there are few historians active today who could write at once as stimulatingly and as readably." Historical Journal

"The challenge implicit in Bentley's task is great. His response is witty, intellectually exciting, stylistically seductive, and itself stands as a challenge to broad perspectives on Victorian politics." Victorian Studies

"Bentley writes with a wide fund of knowledge; his judgements are shrewd and always worth considering. Encrusted orthodoxies are often challenged and negative home truths are brought into the open." Times Higher Education Supplement

* Revised edition of a classic work in new series format.
* Offers lively and authoritative overview of nineteenth-century politics and government.
* Shows how Britain responded to the challenges of the newly-industrialized masses.