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Defining the Victorian Nation
Class, Race, Gender and the British Reform Act of 1867


  • Date Published: May 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521576536

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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.

    • Broad new introduction to a crucial period in British history
    • Links histories of class, gender, race and the nation
    • Excellent survey of recent research and gives fresh perspectives on Britain and the empire in the 1860s
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… 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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521576536
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. England's greatness, the working man
    2. The citizenship of women and the Reform Act of 1867
    3. The nation within and without
    Appendix: voting qualifications, reform proposals, and the effects of electoral reform 1832–1868
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  • Authors

    Catherine Hall, University College London

    Keith McClelland, Middlesex University, London

    Jane Rendall, University of York

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