"Orator" Hunt: Henry Hunt and English working-class radicalism

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Clarendon Press, 1985 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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This first full-scale biography finally brings to light Hunt's vital role in molding the English working-class into an effective political force. Converted to the reform cause during the wars against Napoleonic France, Hunt gave popular radicalism a distinctly working-class perspective that countered the contemporary belief in a laissez-faire political economy. Hero of the unrepresented and repressed, scourge of the moderate reformers and gradualists, Hunt set the standard for the Chartist challenge. This work, based on a wide range of primary sources, reassessed Hunt's influential career and illuminates a formative period in the development of radical politics in England.

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The Making of a Radical
The Establishment of the Mass Platform
Repression Risings and Reform 18171818

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John Belchem is Reader in History and Director of the School of Combined Honours in Arts, University of Liverpool, as well as Secretary of the Society for the Study of Labour History.

Richard Price is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals and the author of three books in British industrial history.

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