Popular Anti-Catholicism in Mid-Victorian England

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Stanford University Press, 1992 - History - 332 pages
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Anti-Catholic sentiment was a major social, cultural, and political force in Victorian England, capable of arousing remarkable popular passion. Hitherto, however, anti-Catholic feeling has been treated largely from the perspective of parliamentary politics or with reference to the propaganda of various London-based anti-Catholic religious organizations. This book sets out to Victorian anti-Catholicism in a much fuller and more inclusive context, accounting for its persistence over time, disguishing it from anti-Irish sentiment, and explaining its social, economic, political, and religious bases locally as well as nationally. The author is principally concerned with determining what led ordinary people to violent acts against Roman Catholic targets, violent acts against Roman Catholic petitions, joining anti-Catholic organizations, and reading anti-Catholic literature. All too often, English history, and even British history, turns out to be the history of what was happening in the West End. One of the special distinctions of this book is that it shows the interplay between national issues and their local conditions. The book covers the period ca.
 

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Contents

Organized AntiCatholic Protest
23
Cultural Images
49
Militant Roman Catholicism
81
Defensive Anglicanism
103
The Tractarian Factor
131
Nonconformity in Tension
153
AntiCatholicism as a Political Issue
197
Bonfires Revels and Riots
225
Who Were the AntiCatholics?
267
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D. G. PAZ is Professor of History at the University of North Texas.

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