Parliamentary Reform

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This chapter evaluates the large volume of creative scholarship that has reinterpreted and recast our understanding of the ‘heroic age’ of parliamentary reform before the early twentieth century. In doing so, it argues that this varied body of work in itself highlights the value of parliamentary reform as an area for historical research, not least because it has acted as a fertile source of new questions and approaches for political history more generally. Its centrality to accounts of Britain’s political past
makes the conspicuous absence of historical accounts of parliamentary reform over the longue durée puzzling. The chapter ends by discussing whether a long-term analysis of parliamentary reform is desirable or possible and examining the potential for historical research into parliamentary reform after 1945.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800 – 2000
EditorsDavid Brown, Robert Crowcroft, Gordon Pentland
Place of PublicationOxford Uk
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9780198714897
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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