Popular Protest and Radical Politics in Britain and Ireland, c. 1789-1848

This course will examine the history of radical political movements in both Britain and Ireland from the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 to 1848, the ‘year of Revolutions’ as it is sometimes described. Among the subjects that we will explore in this course are the impact which the French Revolution had on radical politics in both Britain and Ireland, the inter-connections between British and Irish radical movements in this period, the reasons for the outbreak of the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland, the movement for parliamentary reform in Britain and the circumstances which lay behind the emergence of the Chartist movement, the first working class movement, with mass support, ever to be seen in Britain, in the late 1830s.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

  • J. Belchem, Popular Radicalism in Nineteenth Century Britain, (1996)
  • E. P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class, (1991 edition)
  • J.F.C. Harrison, The Common People: A history from the Norman Conquest to the Present, (1984)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the course: the impact of the French Revolution on Radical Politics in Britain and Ireland
  • ‘The Liberty Tree’: Radical Politics in Britain, c. 1789-1795
  • Radical Politics in Ireland, 1789-98: The United Irishmen & the outbreak of the 1798 Rebellion
  • The movement for Parliamentary Reform in Britain, 1815-32.
  • Popular protest in Ireland, 1798-1829
  • Early Trade Unionism and the Owenite movement in Britain, c. 1820-38.
  • The early years of the Chartist movement, c. 1838-42.
  • The later years of the Chartist movement, 1842-48: Review of Course

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know some of the broad themes of this period in the history of British and Irish radical politics.
  2. Grasp some of the core themes in the development of radical politics in this period.
$232 Limited / $209

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