Chartism
(814 words)

The term Chartism goes back to the People's Charter, an English manifesto of the 1830s. Chartism itself was both the promotion of a progressive class rule and a popular political radicalism. The force behind it was the protest against the Election of 1832, regarded as inadequate, against the “half”, parliamentary reform by the landowner bourgeoisie.

The late 1830s and early 1840s in England were a time of social and political tensions (cf. Social conflict; Political movements). This stood in clear contrast to relations on the continent of Europe, …

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Brandt, Hartwig, “Chartism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017998>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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