History news at 2 September

Eighteenth-Century Political Participation and Electoral Culture (ECPPEC)

ECPPEC is a £933,750 three-year project funded by the AHRC, running from January 2020 to December 2022. It is led by Professor Matthew Grenby (School of English, Newcastle University), with Co-Investigators Professor Elaine Chalus (Dept. of History Liverpool) and Dr Tom Schofield (Digital Cultures, Newcastle), and partners History of Parliament and the Institute of Historical Research. Matthew writes:

‘The project aims to produce new understanding of parliamentary elections in England between 1696 and 1832. Even though few could vote, these elections were often accompanied by an explosion of print, sermons, and song; processions, assemblies, and entertainments; and even new modes of dress, decoration, and behaviour Men and women, adults and children, rich and poor, franchised and unenfranchised, all participated – as consumers, but also as active makers of these extraordinary cultural and political experiences. ECPPEC will combine literary, cultural and historical study of the print, visual, musical and material culture of elections, with ‘big data’ analysis of poll books, including innovative mapping, visualisation and psephological assessment of who voted, who they voted for, and how this changed over time and place. It will investigate whether and how the different attempts to reach, engage and influence the public during the electoral process affected voting patterns, and even outcomes. As such, the project has sharp, contemporary relevance in an age when fewer people are voting, and when data analytics and targeted media interventions are changing the way we think about how democracy functions.’

Black History Essays

“To Live and Die, Free and French: Toussaint Louverture’s 1801 Constitution and the Original Challenge of Black Citizenship.” Radical History Review 115 (Winter 2013): 65-90.


The urban background of Enslaved Muslims in the Americas

Paul Lovejoy


Slave resistance and emancipation: the case of Saint Domingue. In Seymour Drescher, Pieter C. Emmer, eds., Who Abolished Slavery? Slave Revolts and Abolitionism: A Debate with João Pedro Marques. New York: Berghahn Books, 2010. pp. 132-140.


Chartism Essays

Chartist Drama: The Performance of Revolt.pdf

Gregory Vargo article in Victorian Studies, 2018

‘Drama played an important but under-recognized role in the dynamic counterculture of Chartism, the working-class protest movement for political rights. Making use of a wide range of theatrical genres, the Chartists staged amateur productions in their own associations and held frequent benefits in many of London’s largest working-class theaters. They recontextualized an array of published plays and produced such original works as John Watkins’s John Frost, a Chartist Play (1841) and reenactments of the Irish revolutionary Robert Emmet’s 1803 trial. Within Chartism, drama exemplified a form of collaborative labor that advanced claims about the capacity of working-class people to imagine and create alternative social formations. It also functioned as a means of debating the most pressing issues that the Chartists faced, including the potential and limits of political violence. Whereas Chartist poetry commonly shied away from endorsing “physical force,” on stage Chartists instantiated revolutionary crowds and enacted the threat of governmental reprisal.’


‘Songs for the Millions’: Chartist Music and Popular Aural Tradition 1

‘Songs and singing, and music making more generally, are a neglected aspect of the social culture of Chartism. Many of the Chartist musings that have been treated as poetry by scholars were, in fact, lyrics for songs with identifiable melodies which drew on a rich aural tradition in popular culture. Chartist rituals almost invariably involved music as well as speech; the ranks of the movement were filled with musicians. The music they made, in its many and varied forms, has not received full attention. This article forms part of a larger joint project examining the music — lyrics and melody — of popular politics in the long nineteenth century. It argues that music was a central part of the social culture of radicalism and an important, if neglected, element in the repertoire of politics.’

From Labour History Review.  Vol. 74 No. 1, April, 2009, 44–63.


Treason. Rebel Warriors and International Traitors

Edited by Steve Cushion & Christian Hogsbjerg. Socialist History Society Occasional Publication 44

Essays include Napoleon’s Polish Deserters in the West Indies; The Saint Patrick’s Battalion; resistance to the Nazis from 1933; and German and Italian volunteers in the French Resistance.

£5 plus postage from SHS, www.socialisthistorysociety.co.uk

Remainder Books from www.psbooks.co.uk

Catherine Fletcher. The Black Princes of Florence (Allesandro de’ Medici) (hbk)

Paul Rabbitts. Hyde Park. The People’s Park

Amarpal Singh. The Second Anglo-Sikh War

Shirley Wittering. The Ecology of Enclosure. The Effect of Enclosure on Society, Farming and the Environment in South Cambridgeshire, 1798-1850

C. J. Montague. Sixty Years in Waifdom or, The Ragged School Movement in English History. (Hbk)

Tim Eggington. The Advancement of Music in Enlightenment England. Benjamin Coke and the Academy of Ancient Music. (Hbk)

Special Offer: Historical Studies in Industrial Relations

HSIR is losing its storage facilities at Keele University so back-issues are being offered for sale at the bargain price of £1 per single issue, numbers 1–22 (1996–2006), and £2 per double issue/annual, numbers 23/24–31/32 (1997–2011) and 33–37 (2012–2016), plus postage and packing. This is a one-off sale as afterwards we will have to dispose of most copies. Single issues are approximately 60,000 words in length; double-issues and annuals, 110,000

HSIR was established to provide an outlet for research on the history of industrial relations. This includes research on contemporary issues, which often lack a historical foundation. A few examples of articles:

William Brown, ‘The High Tide of Consensus: The System of Industrial Relations in Great Britain (1954) Revisited’. 4: 135–49.

Peter Dorey, ‘Weakening the Trade Unions, One Step at a Time: The Thatcher Governments’ Strategy for the Reform of Trade-Union Law, 1979–1984’. 37: 169–200.

John Edmonds, ‘Positioning Labour Closer to the Employers: The Importance of the Labour Party’s 1997 Business Manifesto’. 22: 85–107.

John Saville, ‘The Trade Disputes Act of 1906’. 1: 11–45.

Rebecca Zahn, ‘German Codetermination without Nationalization and British Nationalization without Codetermination: Retelling the Story’. 36: 1–27.

Bill Wedderburn, ‘History of British Labour Law’. 17: 127–38.

See the HSIR website for more authors and articles https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/loi/hsir

To buy back-issues, contact Paul Smith: paulsmithblist@hotmail.co.uk

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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