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Chartism, Commemoration and the Cult of the Radical Hero

1st Edition

By Matthew Roberts


240 pages

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Hardback: 9780367187583
pub: 2019-09-06
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Chartism, the British mass movement for democratic and social rights in the 1830s and 1840s, was profoundly shaped by the radical tradition from which it emerged. Yet, little attention has been paid to how Chartists saw themselves in relation to this diverse radical tradition or to the ways in which they invented their own tradition. Paine, Cobbett and other ‘founding fathers’, dead and alive, were used and in some cases abused by Chartists in their own attempts to invented a radical tradition. By drawing on new and exciting work in the fields of visual and material culture, cultures of heroism, memory and commemoration, critical heritage studies and the history of political thought, this book explores the complex cultural work that radical heroes were made to perform.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures




Part 1: Chartism and the Radical Tradition

  1. Inventing the Radical Tradition
  2. Unfurling the Radical Tradition: the Visual and Material Culture of Chartism

  4. History, Memory and the Rituals of Pantheonism
  5. Using and Abusing the Radical Tradition

    Part 2: The Cult of the Radical Hero/Villain

  7. The Chartists and Mister Thomas Paine
  8. Forging the Radical Tradition: Chartism, Currency and Cobbett

  10. Richard Oastler and the Chartists
  11. Daniel O’Connell, Chartism and the Atlantic World


Selected Bibliography


About the Author

Matthew Roberts is Reader in Modern British History at Sheffield Hallam University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Modern British History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain