August 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, at which working class political aspirations and demands for basic civil rights were cut down by the cutlasses of the yeomanry.
It marked a pivotal moment in the story of radical politics, and the long and slow enfranchisement of the nation.
Peterloo will form a section of the course, but the longer time frame of 1790-1867 will be covered, both contextualising the event and explaining the development of radicalism throughout the first two-thirds of the nineteenth century.
Themes will include:
Responses to the French Revolution.
The British Jacobin tradition.
Peterloo and its aftermath.
Radicals in parliament, and the hopes for political reform in 1832.
Chartism, and its place within the longer time frame of radical/constitutional ideas.
The slow reform of Parliament, and the beginnings of manhood suffrage in the 1860s.