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Living Liberalism: Practical Citizenship in Mid-Victorian Britain

Elaine Hadley


In the mid-Victorian era, liberalism was a practical politics: it had a party, it informed legislation, and it had adherents who identified with and expressed it as opinion. It was also the first British political movement to depend more on people than property, and on opinion rather than interest. But how would these subjects of liberal politics actually live liberalism? To answer this question, this book focuses on the key concept of individuation—how it is embodied in politics and daily life and how it is expressed through opinion, discussion, and sincerity. These are concerns that have bee ... More

Keywords: mid-Victorian era, liberalism, practical politics, liberal politics, individuation, citizenship, reform, Victorian society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226311883
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226311906.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine Hadley, author