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THE HOME OFFICE AND THE CHARTISTS, 1838-1848 THE HOME OFFICE AND THE CHARTISTS, 1838-1848
Protest and Repression in the West Riding of Yorkshire
by Neil Pye

In 1842 Halifax Chartists declared:
'When a country like our own, with all her resources already developed, continues for year after to grow worse and worse - and every year adding fresh miseries to the woes of its predecessor - the continuation of a state of things like this, proves that this accumulating misery is the only result of some deep-seated cause - and that cause is the legislative system. To remove that cause is our object'

Chartism was a powerful community force which staged protests across the West Riding and attracted much support, especially from the dispossessed, the disenfranchised and Irish immigrants. The Home Office led the state's response. It used new resources - railways, press and the electric telegraph - and mobilised coercion - army and police forces.

In 1842 and in following years Chartist unrest was suppressed largely because the Home Office managed to take control. Arrests were made and extreme measures adopted to secure the region from further violence, effectively driving the movement into decline. The state had too much coercive power in reserve and easily checked the protests. As Malcolm Chase has written, 'history failed to turn' and then mass support for the Chartists declined.

In simple terms, the Chartist movement was outfought and outmanoeuvred by the Home Office and its machinery of public order. Mass political protest collapsed, an age of stability followed.

'Impressive scholarship on display. Pye demonstrates an unrivalled master of the voluminous Home Office papers' Labour History Review

Contents: Introduction: The Home Office and Chartist Historiography; The Home Office and the Network of Repression; Lord John Russell: Containment and Moderation, 1838-39; Marquis of Normanby: Disturbance, Division and Stagnation, 1839-41; Sir James Graham: Barracks, Plug Plots and Reform, 1841-46; Sir George Grey: The Challenge of Chartism, 1846-48; Conclusion. Notes, Appendices, Bibliography.

Dr Neil Pye teaches history at the University of Huddersfield


ISBN. 9780850366341

Paperback, 234 x 156 mm. 156 pages approx.

Chartist Studies Series #11


Price:14.95



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