By Edwin Jaggard
This targeted case-study deals a penetrating research of the altering political tradition in Cornwall as much as and after the advent of the 1832 electoral method. It spans a century within which the county's parliamentary over-representation and infamous political corruption was once changed via a politicised voters for whom concerns and ideas have been often paramount. numerous types of electoral behaviour are verified; specifically, the continual political activism of Cornwall's farmers sticks out. regardless of remnants of the unreformed electoral method lingering into the mid-Victorian period, Cornwall constructed a strong Liberal culture, outfitted upon targeted styles of non-conformity; the Conservatives, cut up by means of dissension, observed their pre-reform ascendancy disappear.
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Olney, Lincolnshire politics, 1832-1885, London 1973; T. J. Nossiter, Influence, opinion and political idioms in reformed England: case studies from the north east, 18321874, Hassocks 1975. 10 Frank O'Gorman, Voters, patrons and parties: the unreformed electorate of Hanoverian England, 1734-1832, Oxford 1989; John A. Phillips, The Great Reform Bill in the boroughs: English electoral behaviour, 1818-1841, Oxford 1992. 11 Ibid. 302. 12 O'Gorman, Voters, patrons and parties, 393. 14 In fact their judgements may be a distortion of the real situation because their evidence came from geographically scattered sources rather than one or a cluster of counties.
Bitter family rivalries and a people whose relative lack of class consciousness distinguished them from many of their counterparts elsewhere in England, are also part of this exploration of one county's electoral politics. 16 Several historians have made a persuasive case for analysing the ebb and flow of politics in a single county. 'It is useful, for instance, to test generalisations about the nature of landed interests and the voting habits of tenant farmers by reference to specific examples.
The purpose is to define the ways in which remnants of patron-dominated, often corrupt, political activity coexisted with strong loyalties to and belief in political ideologies, partisanship, and concern for national issues. The choice of Cornwall to demonstrate how widespread and resilient 'participating, partisan and popular' strands were in the nineteenth century may seem surprising. After all, this was the county where borough representation was the plaything of scheming patrons, where voting and bribery were synonymous.
Cornwall Politics in the Age of Reform, 1790-1885 (Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series) by Edwin Jaggard