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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Re-reading the Constitution

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ISBN13: 9780521464741
ISBN: 0521464749
Published: April 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print
Paperback edition out of print, ISBN13 9780521464741
Hardback edition out of print, ISBN13 9780521464741

This volume of essays is about something which (for many) does not exist and yet which remains central to our understanding of English politics, history and national identity - the constitution. As European integration and demands for constitutional reform have once again moved the constitution to the centre of contemporary politics, an impressive team of contributors re-examines aspects of the debates over the meaning of the constitution and 'public opinion' in the long nineteenth century, from a sedition trial in the 1790s to the enfranchisement of certain women in 1918. With essays engaging with the histories of law, medicine and even with history as a discipline, the book takes stock of the current state of the new cultural history of English politics, consolidating upon much of the most innovative work in recent years as well as suggesting new ways of re-reading the traditional narratives of English political history.

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1. Notes towards an introduction James Vernon; 2. 'Our real constitution': trial defence and radical memory in the age of revolution James Epstein; 3. The English people and their constitution after Waterloo: parliamentary reform, 1815-1817 Jonathan Fulcher; 4. Public opinion, violence and the limits of constitutional politics Dror Wahrman; 5. Making room at the public bar?: coroners' inquests, medical knowledge and the politics of the constitution in early nineteenth-century England Ian Burney; 6. Republicanism reappraised: anti-monarchism and the English radical tradition 1850-1872 Antony Taylor; 7. The constitution and the narrative structure of Victorian politics Patrick Joyce; 8. Narrating the constitution: the discourse of 'the real' and the fantasies of constitutional history James Vernon; Gender, class and the constitution: franchise reform in England, 1832-1928 Anna Clark.