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”By the iron hand of oppression": The performance of the parliamentary election contest in Nottingham and Middlesex 1802-1803
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to investigate how politics was done at the level of the parliamentary constituencies at the time of the treaty of Amiens 1802-1803. This is achieved through two case studies of the elections in Middlesex and Nottingham, which are investigated as social practices. This thesis argues that understandings of masculinity and national identity, as well as questions about the nature of the constitution and citizen rights were central to participants in the extraparliamentary political process. Collective emotions were also highly important in the process of mobilising political support, and this thesis emphasises that participation in these elections was a collective effort; men and women from all levels of society were significant political actors. Moreover, this thesis demonstrates the importance of competences such as knowledge about the organisation of crowds and political violence in the performance of the election.

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2017. , p. 97
Keywords [en]
Georgian elections, political history, history of democracy, Georgian politics, Parlamentary reform, reform movement, radicals, radicalism, Pittite repression, Gagging acts, two acts, seditious meetings act, treason act, habeas corpus suspension act, habeas corpus, Nottingham, Middlesex, 1802 general election, parlamentary elections, controverted elections, 19th century, nineteenth century, treaty of Amiens, Joseph Birch, Daniel Coke, William Mainwaring, Francis Burdett, Mary Rich, Cold Bath prison, newspapers, citizenship, nationality, British national identity, English national identity, gender, masculinity, independence, working-class, lower-class, crowds, women, female, political propaganda, political artifacts, vestiary affronts, space, place, power, emotions, collective emotions, solidarity, doing politics, social practice, practice theory, practice-as-entity, practice-as-performance, Elizabeth Shove, Ducking, spencering, Hanoverian
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143964DiVA, id: diva2:1106069
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