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Shooting Niagara – And After? The Second Reform Act And Its World

Shooting Niagara – And After? The Second Reform Act And Its World

Robert Saunders (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-119-38792-3

Mar 2017, Wiley-Blackwell

136 pages

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Shooting Niagara – And After? is a wide-ranging examination of Britain’s Second Reform Act of 1867 and its impact, which doubled the electorate and propelled the country into the age of mass politics.

  • Discusses the political world that the Second Reform Act created, as well as the intellectual forces which brought it into being
  • Addresses issues and perspectives related to political history, imperial history, Irish history, the history of childhood, popular protest, political thought, class, age, and gender
  • Contains contributions from distinguished scholars, such as Malcolm Chase, Kathryn Gleadle, Jonathan Parry and Gareth Stedman Jones, as well as from younger and emerging scholars
  • Coincides with the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Second Reform Act, a landmark in the history of British democracy

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: ‘Shooting Niagara – and After?’ (Robert Saunders)
1. The Popular Movement for Parliamentary Reform in Provincial Britain during the 1860s (Malcolm Chase)
2. Masculinity, Age and Life Cycle in the Age of Reform (Kathryn Gleadle)
3. 1867 and the Rule of Wealth (Jonathan Parry)
4. The Second Reform Act and the Problem of Electoral Corruption (Kathryn Rix)
5. The Second Reform Act and the Politics of Empire (Alex Middleton)
6. The Irish Reform Act of 1868 (Colin Barr)
7. ‘Pressure from Without’: Karl Marx and 1867 (Gareth Stedman Jones)