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Bright for Birmingham?: a reassessment of the popularity of John Bright as M.P. for Birmingham, 1857-1889

Bounous, Pete (2011) Bright for Birmingham?: a reassessment of the popularity of John Bright as M.P. for Birmingham, 1857-1889. Project Report. University of Birmingham, Birmingham. (Unpublished)



John Bright was an MP for Birmingham from August 1857 until his death in March 1889. Posterity has credited him with being an overwhelmingly popular man of the people, a champion of reform and an honest and principled politician. Much has been written about him but, until now, the specific issue of his popularity has been curiously neglected. This study seeks to reflect on the commonly accepted portrayal of Bright’s popularity and question the extent to which it represents the reality. It will consider Bright as a parliamentary candidate for Birmingham, as an MP for the town, and as the guest of honour at the celebration of his silver jubilee. In each case, it will reflect on the currently accepted interpretation of him as an immensely popular figure and, through the examination of a wide range of evidence, reassess this accordingly.

Type of Work:Monograph (Project Report)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Number of Pages:58
Department:School of History and Cultures, Department of History
Additional Information:

Dissertation for MA in West Midlands History. Supervisors: Malcolm Dick, Stephen Roberts

Date:September 2011
Keywords:John Bright, Member of Parliament, Birmingham, England
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Copyright Status:This unpublished dissertation is copyright of the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights of the author or third parties in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this dissertation must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:Peter Michael Bounous
ID Code:1464

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