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p. 305. Roads to Freedomlocked

  • Christopher Harvie
  •  and H. C. G. Matthew

Abstract

‘Roads to Freedom’ is concerned with the gradual implementation of reform after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Industrial slump post-war caused discontent amongst workers; this did not lead to reform, due to their failure to collaborate with parliamentary radicals. Repressive measures were deployed against the radicals. The coming of a Whig ministry in the 1820s saw the gradual repeal of the most oppressive measures, such as the Six Acts, and the passing of Catholic Emancipation in Ireland. The Whigs pushed for political reform, united with the radical movements and brought sufficient pressure to bear on the Lords to force through the Reform Act.

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