DescriptionPolitics 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.
"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
* Offers lively and authoritative overview of nineteenth-century politics and government.
* Shows how Britain responded to the challenges of the newly-industrialized masses.