- Format: Hardcover
- ISBN: 978-1-5261-3704-3
- Pages: 272
- Price: £81.00
- Published Date: June 2022
This book challenges the assumption - just as alive today as it was in the nineteenth century - that the political sphere was an arena of reason in which feelings had no part to play. It shows that feelings were a central, albeit contested, aspect of the political culture of the period. Radical leaders were accused of inflaming the passions; the state and its propertied supporters were charged with callousness; radicals grounded their claims to citizenship in the universalist assumption that workers had the same capacity for feeling as their social betters (denied at this time). It sheds new light on the relationship between protest movements and the state by showing how one of the central issues at stake in the conflict between radicals and their oppressors was the feelings of the propertied classes.
'This book is an intriguing journey through the emotional possibilities of radicalism and the affective context that informed the politics and activism of these figures. It is well written, showing exemplary knowledge of not one but two methodological fields, and will prove to be of utmost importance to labour historians wishing to reach for the emotions that have hitherto remained absent from their pages.'
Edda Nicolson, Labour History Review, Volume 88, Number 1
1. William Cobbett's anti-'feelosofee'
2. Richard Carlile and the embodiment of reason's republic
3. Robert Owen, harmonic passions and the practice of happiness
4. Gothic King Dick: Richard Oastler and Tory-radical feeling
5. J.R. Stephens and the prophetic politics of the heart
6. William Lovett and the battle for asceticism in early Chartism
7. Daniel O'Connell, Feargus O'Connor and the politics of 'anger'
Matthew Roberts is Associate Professor of Modern British History at Sheffield Hallam University