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Seminar 11

Seminar Questions:

  • How did the reform process affect the contents of the 1832 Reform Act?
  • Was popular pressure a factor in the passage of the Reform Act?
  • 'The Reform Act was in essence a conservative measure'. Discuss.
  • ‘The Reform Act did little to widen the franchise in Britain’. Discuss.
  • Was the Reform Act a watershed in British party political and electoral history?

The Great Reform Act

See O’Gorman, The Long Eighteenth century and Evans, The forging of the modern state

M Brock, The Great Reform Act

J Cannon, Parliamentary Reform

J Milton-Smith, 'Earl Grey's cabinet and the objects of Parliamentary reform', Hist Journal, 1972

P Mandler, Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform

D C Moore, The Politics of Deference

D C Moore, 'Concession or Cure', Hist. Journal, 1966

D C Moore, 'The Other Face of Reform', Victorian Studies, 1961

F O'Gorman, Voters, Patrons and Parties

D Beales, ‘The Electorate Before and After 1832’, Parliamentary History, 1992

F O’Gorman, ‘The Electorate Before and After 1832: A Reply’, Parliamentary History, 1993

J A Phillips, 'The Many Faces of Reform: the electorate and the Great Reform Act', Parliamentary History 1982

J A Phillips, The Great Reform Bill in the boroughs 1818-1841

E A Smith, Reform or Revolution?

James Vernon, Politics and the People