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Elections in Metropolitan London Volume 1: Arguments and Evidence

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Penelope Corfield, Professor Charles Harvey


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The book reveals for the first time the full extent of electioneering across London during the 'long' eighteenth century from 1700 to 1850. Voters turned out frequently to select not only their MPs but also for a range of civic and parish officials. These elections have languished for too long in the historical shadow of the tiny 'rotten' boroughs, some with no voters, others with only a handful. Here the metropolitan electorate takes centre stage. We put forward the construct of 'proto democracy' to encapsulate extensive but not universal popular participation in the official electoral process, constituting steps, however winding the pathway, which eventually led to democracy.

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Author(s): Green EM, Corfield PJ, Harvey C

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Year: 2013

Number of Pages: xviii + 481

Print publication date: 01/07/2013

Publisher: Bristol Academic Press

Place Published: Bristol

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780954413804