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Popular Politics and Popular Culture in the Age of the Masses

Studies in Lancashire and the North West of England, 1880s to 1930s

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Jeffrey Hill

The book is a selection of essays from the author’s work since the early 1980s. It presents an analysis of political and cultural trends based upon a series of case studies drawn from the North West of England, covering mainly the years between the Third Reform Act (1884) and the outbreak of the Second World War. The region was a heavily industrialized one, seen by many as in the vanguard of changes that gave rise to what is often referred to as ‘modern’ society. In politics the emergence in North West England of a new labour consciousness is plainly evident, but so too is the survival and adaptation of older political allegiances, notably popular Toryism. The region is also renowned in cultural terms for the emergence of modern sport, examined here in relation to both association football and cricket. Keenly aware of the general political, social and cultural developments in Britain and elsewhere during these years, the author is also alert to their impact in particular localities. The theme of locality has been a recurring one in the author’s research, and the composition of this book reflects his changing approaches to it and to other, related issues of identity.
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Acknowledgments

← vi | vii → Acknowledgments

Extract

I gratefully acknowledge the permission given by editors and publishers to reproduce, in whole or in part, textual material that originally appeared in the following books and journals.

The Editor, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire for ‘The Lancashire Miners, Thomas Greenall and the Labour Party, 1900–1906’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, vol. 130, (Nov) 1981, 115–30.

The Committee, North West Labour History Society for ‘Social Democracy and the Labour Movement: The Social Democratic Federation in Lancashire’, North West Labour History Society, Bulletin 8, 1982–1983, 44–55.

The Executive Editor, International Review of Social History for ‘Manchester and Salford Politics and the Early Development of the Independent Labour Party, International Review of Social History, 26 (1981), 171–201.

The Editors, Northern History for ‘Lib-Labism, Socialism and Labour in Burnley, c. 1890–1918’, Northern History xxxv, 1999, 185–204.

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