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Aspects of Liberalism in Sheffield 1849-1886

Fletcher, David Edward (1972) Aspects of Liberalism in Sheffield 1849-1886. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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The introduction traces the origins of Sheffield Liberalism in the reform movements of 1790 - 1848. Part one looks at the divisions between the Whig Radicals and the Democrats and the decline and disappearance of t~~ ·Democrats in 1854. Liberals were agreed about the Crimean and China Wars and middle class control of the party was firmly established by 1857. Part two examines Liberal attitudes to Italy, Poland and the American Civil War, the strugg1e ,for parliamentary reform and the growing dissatisfaction with Roebuck, culminating in his rejection by the progressive Liberals and the election of Munde1la in 1868. part three deals with the Radical Nonconformist revolt, with reference to the education question, Liberation and social issues, and the schism in the party caused by the Chamberlain candidature in 1874. Union was re-established with the formation of the Sheffield Liberal Association, but in the years 1877 - 1880 the political balance swung decisively towards the Conservatives, who, through a highly efficient organisation and an influential newspaper, succeeded in making Sheffield a centre of Jingoism and won a notable victory in the election of 1880. Part four discusses the problems facing the Liberals in the 1880's, the strength of local Conservatism and the impact of national questions, and ends with the Home Rule crisis in 1886. In each part there are chapters reviewing the national scene and the social and economic development of Sheffield. The conclusion seeks to emphasize certain themes, such as the middle class defection to Conservatism, the influence of Nonconformity and the impact of outside influences and to discover the essence of Liberalism in Sheffield.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Other academic unit: Medieval and Modern History
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.618339
Depositing User: EThOS Import Sheffield
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 15:31
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 15:31
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/14704

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