Parliamentary Reform 1785–1928 surveys the dynamically changing role of the British Parliament from the pre-reformed Parliament through:

  • the 1832 Great Reform Act
  • Chartism
  • the campaign for working class suffrage
  • Catholic emancipation
  • the long struggle for the granting of female suffrage.

Beginning with a wide survey of the origins and nature of Parliament, the author offers a detailed context for the campaigns for its reformation of in the nineteenth century and the attitude of Victorians towards it. This comprehensive approach promotes understanding of the wider issues of parliamentary reform and provides an essential aid and context to students studying this topic.

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chapter 1|21 pages

The Unreformed Parliament

chapter 2|19 pages

The Great Reform Act

chapter 4|21 pages

Disraeli and the Second Reform Act

chapter 8|22 pages

Votes for Women