Cornwall Politics in the Age of Reform, 1790-1885

Cornwall Politics in the Age of Reform, 1790-1885

Edwin Jaggard


Royal Historical Society



Examination of major changes in political behaviour in 19c Cornwall, withwider implications for the country as a whole.
This detailed case-study offers a penetrating analysis of the changing political culture in Cornwall up to and after the introduction of the 1832 electoral system. It spans a century in which the county's parliamentary over-representation and notorious political corruption was replaced by a politicised electorate for whom issues and principles were usually paramount. Several models of electoral behaviour are tested; in particular, the continuous political activism of Cornwall's farmers stands out. Despite remnants of the unreformed electoral system lingering into the mid-Victorian era, Cornwall developed a powerful Liberal tradition, built upon distinctive patterns of non-conformity; the Conservatives, split by dissension, saw their pre-reform ascendancy disappear.

Professor EDWIN JAGGARD lectures in history at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia.


December 1999
250 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
ISBN: 9780861932436
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Royal Historical Society
BISAC POL008000, HIS015000
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Valuable study... combines a thorough analysis of local Cornish politics with a precise view into the processes of electioneering during a period of far-reaching reform. PARLIAMENTARY HISTORY

Valuable book...informative, detailed and historiographically savvy... Substantiates (arguments that) issues, principles, and popular candidates were often more decisive than traditional patronage and courruption in deciding electoral contests. CHOICE

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