By Eugenio F. Biagini (editor), Alastair J. Reid (editor)
'Those who have been initially known as radicals and afterwards reformers, are known as Chartists', declared Thomas Duncombe ahead of Parliament in 1842, a remark which are tailored for a later interval and as an outline of this choice of papers: 'those who have been initially known as Chartists have been afterwards known as Liberal and Labour activists'. In different phrases, the principal argument of this e-book is that there has been a considerable continuity in renowned radicalism during the 19th and into the 20th century. The papers rigidity either the preferred components in Gladstonian Liberalism and the unconventional liberal parts within the early Labour celebration. the 1st a part of the ebook specializes in the continuity of well known attitudes around the commonly-assumed mid-century divide, with reviews of important personalities and hobbies, in addition to a neighborhood case examine. the second one half examines the robust hyperlinks among Gladstonian Liberalism and the operating periods, taking a look particularly at labour legislations, taxation, and the Irish trouble. the ultimate half assesses the influence of radical traditions on early Labour politics, in Parliament, the unions, and native govt. an analogous attitudes in the direction of liberty, the guideline of legislation, and native democracy are highlighted all through, and new questions are hence posed concerning the significant transitions within the well known politics of the interval.
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1854, p. 6. Hansard, cxxxi (13 Mar. 1854), cols. 673-4. English Republic (1854), pp. 196-8; Reasoner, 30 Apr. 1854, pp. 289-91. Leader, 24 Dec. 1853, p. 1235; Sheffield Free Press, 24 Dec. 1853, p. 5, 31 Dec. 1853, p. 5. The old radicalism and the new 35 expressions of opposition to the war became incompatible, as both Urquhart and John Bright were to find to their cost. Given his account of the origins of the 'Eastern question' and his opposition to English intervention, Urquhart's chances of remaining in alliance with the supporters of European nationalism were never very great.
Taylor, Trouble Makers, ch. 2. For Cobden's position in 1853-4, see John W. Derry, The Radical Tradition: Tom Paine to Lloyd George (1967), pp. 209-15; and Taylor, 'Radicalism and patriotism', ch. 4. Langley to Urquhart, 25 Oct. ; Peplow to Urquhart, 10 Nov. 1853, Urquhart bequest. 31 His knowledge of Turkey was also cited approvingly by the Leader,2* another paper which, like the Morning Advertiser, was pressing for English intervention in the Crimea. It was from this unlikely source of predominantly pro-Italian and pro-Polish nationalism that Urquhart derived his main support during 1853 and 1854.
68 Finally, it is very important to place the development of the early Labour party alongside the previous history of the Liberal party as it had evolved within an expanding democracy, and this we have attempted to do in the structure of this volume as a whole. For, as Jon Lawrence's contribution shows, labour activists still retained a strong sense of loyalty not only to radical traditions but also to the Liberal party itself, even as they were establishing their own independent organisations.