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The Dignity of Chartism

by Dorothy Thompson Author · Stephen Roberts Editor


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This is the first collection of essays on Chartism by leading social historian Dorothy Thompson, whose work radically transformed the way in which Chartism is understood. Reclaiming Chartism as a fully-blown working-class movement, Thompson intertwines her penetrating analyses of class with ground-breaking research uncovering the role played by women in the movement.

Throughout her essays, Thompson strikes a delicate balance between down-to-the-ground accounts of local uprisings, snappy portraits of high-profile Chartist figures as well as rank-and-file men and women, and more theoretical, polemical interventions.

Of particular historical and political significance is the previously unpublished substantial essay co-authored by Dorothy and Edward Thompson, a superb piece of local historical research by two social historians then on the brink of notable careers.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Dorothy Thompson (Author)

Dorothy Thompson (1923--2011) was a social historian, a leading expert on the Chartist movement, and author of The Chartists, Outsiders: Class, Gender and Nation and Queen Victoria. Stephen Roberts is an historian of Victorian Britain, with a pa...

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