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Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867 (Paperback)
  • Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867 (Paperback)
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Defining the Victorian Nation: Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867 (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 25/05/2000
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Defining the Victorian Nation offers a fresh perspective on one of the most significant pieces of legislation in nineteenth-century Britain. Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Jane Rendall demonstrate that the Second Reform Act of 1867 was marked not only by extensive controversy about the extension of the vote, but also by new concepts of masculinity and the masculine voter, the beginnings of the movement for women's suffrage, and a parallel debate about the meanings and forms of national belonging. The chapters in this book draw on recent developments in cultural, social and gender history, broadening the study of nineteenth-century British political history and integrating questions of nation and empire. Fascinating illustrations illuminate the argument, and a detailed chronology, biographical notes and selected bibliography offer further support to the student reader. Students and scholars in history, women's studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies will find this book invaluable.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521576536
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a wonderfully useful little book, one that deserves a central place on the bookshelves and syllabi of historians of nineteenth-century British politics.' History Workshop Journal
'Its import for work in race and ethnicity lies in the ways that neither is examined in isolation from other factors, such as the increasingly unfashionable structural dimensions of class. Instead they are examined speculatively and in relation to actual historical events and conditions.' Ethnic and Racial Studies
' ... the authors of Defining the Victorian Nation have given parliamentary history a chance to widen its horizons that parliamentary historians will disdain at their peril.' Parliamentary History
'... Hall, McClelland and Rendall do give an enriched picture of Victorian political assumptions in the 1860s in a book that is sure to be widely adopted by Victorian cultural historians ... This is an interesting, thought-provoking volume ... this is a useful book that brings together a wide range of new scholarship in cultural history and shows how it may be used to illuminate traditional political history.' Thomas William Heyck, Northwestern University
"Hall (Univ. College, London), McClelland (Middlesex), and Rendall (York) break the mold of traditional political history...by analyzing the Reform Act in the light of new political history...this book is a pioneering study that broadens our view of Victorian politics. Graduate students and scholars will find the book invaluable." Choice
"This as a careful, detailed, and convincing book that stands up surprisingly well as a discrete entity" Albion
"...this is a text admirably suited to undergraduates and junior postgraduates...[it] provides extremely lucid accounts of a range of significant movements and episodes...The volume is relatively generously, if conventionally, illustrated with line drawings from the Illustrated London News and cartoons from Punch. H-Net

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