Author: Frank A. Hoffmann
Publisher: Diplomica Verlag
Die Jahre 1820 bis 1842 im Leben William Lovetts verdeutlichen wie bei keinem anderen das vergebliche Ringen der britischen Arbeiterklasse um politische Teilhabe. Sein Leben hat Sinnbildcharakter für den steinigen Weg der Arbeiterschaft in die Moderne. Nach intellektuellem und politischen Erwachen suchte er nach einem Weg aus der als ungerecht empfundenen Situation der working classes und vereinte 1838 deren unterschiedliche Strömungen für zwei Jahrzehnte hinter der People’s Charter. Die in den Chartismus gesetzten Hoffnungen von Millionen erfüllten sich nicht. Lovetts ‚Alleingang’ in der Bemühung um die Mittelklasse blieb ebenfalls erfolglos. Nach 1842 engagierte er sich vor allem in Bildung und Erziehung und steht nur noch in punktuellem Kontakt mit der Arbeiterbewegung. Seine moral force-Strategie bestimmte jedoch immer stärker – und langfristig erfolgreich - die politischen Aktivitäten der Arbeiterschaft. Er verdient es, unter den anderen Größen der Arbeiterbewegung der Frühphase herausgehoben zu werden wie es Harney, einer von diesen, selbst noch getan hat.
Author: Eric J. Evans
Covers the momentous reforms in the British electoral system during the period from the Great Reform Act of 1832 to 1918 when women were given the vote. The study charts the series of Reform Acts right through the period, involving rather more attention to those important changes in the 1880s which are often underplayed.
Ein Blick vom Rand zum Zentrum der Literaturwissenschaft / A Look from the Margin to the Center of Literary Studies
Author: Albrecht Classen,Eva Parra-Membrives
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Category: Literary Criticism
What is the meaning of a "bestseller" for the history of literature? How do we defi ne it in the fi rst place, and what consequences does the success on the book market have for the literary evaluation of a text? What is the relationship between quantity and quality? Many literary scholars shy away from doing research on "bestsellers", but the question regarding the formation of a literary canon is closely connected with this issue. How do we evaluate the quality of a text in the fi rst place? The topic of the "bestseller" forces us to examine more closely the relationship between the reading public, literary scholarship, and the book market. On the one hand we have to examine the sales strategies for a book, on the other we have to consider what intentions a literary text might pursue fi rst of all, and how we as literary scholars have to engage with the text critically. From this results also the challenge to re-investigate the foundation of literary scholarship and to take note of premodern and modern "bestsellers" in their social-historical and mental-historical relevance, without ignoring the textual aesthetics.
A Literary and Historical Study
Author: Ulrike Schwab
This book is a comprehensive analysis of a neglected aspect of Chartism, its poetry. Here the Chartists are documented as poet-politicians. In order to show how much this poetry can contribute to a deeper understanding of the movement, the poems are treated as literary pieces and as historical sources. Being a mass phenomenon, these poems and songs served as a vehicle of Chartism. They not only express critical insights into society, but also, and even more so, reveal the emotions and values which brought about the mass consensus.
Author: Edward Royle,Roger Lockyer
This text has established itself as the best short account of the Chartist movement available. It considers its origins and development, placing the movement within its broad social and economic context. Dr Royle also provides clear analysis of its strategy and leadership and assesses the conflicting interpretations for the failure of Chartism.
The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Author: Robert Angus Buchanan,Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Publisher: Hambledon Press
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) is rightly admired as one of the greatest of all engineers. His leading role in the transport revolution of the nineteenth century, and especially in the building of the Great Western railway, left an indelible mark on the British landscape. His achievements captured the imagination of his contemporaries and subsequent generations. His colossal energy and determination to carry out projects on the largest scale to an extremely high standard set him apart from his rivals. Brunel tells the story both of the engineer, who followed his father Marc into what was then a new profession, and of the man. It explores his successes and failures, at home and abroad, including both the broad gauge GWR and the SS Great Eastern, bringing out Brunel's imagination, drive and inventiveness. Above all, it sets him in the context of his times, showing both what made him what he was and how he made the most of the great opportunities offered to him.