'Saunders's well-written and accessible book will be essential reading for scholars and students of mid-Victorian politics'.
--Henry Miller, Reviews in History
'an important contribution to our expanding understanding of politics, ideology, and action in Britain's long nineteenth century'.
--Nancy LoPatin-Lummis, History: Reviews of New Books
'an excellent book, an enjoyable read, and an important contribution to the political history of Victorian Britain' --David Brown, University of Strathclyde
'This study, Robert Saunders's first book, is a comprehensive, well-written, subtle and incisive discussion of the mid-Victorian parliamentary Reform debate. It is a major contribution to our historical understanding of the discussions about the nature of the franchise and the extension of the vote, which culminated in the 1867 Reform Act. As now the best and most authoritative guide available to the Reform debates of the period, it explores the questions of why governments felt compelled to legislate on Reform and what it was they hoped to achieve. [...] His important, lucid and richly rewarding study places our understanding of the mid-Victorian Reform debates on a new, secure and sophisticated footing.' ----- English Historical Review
About the Author
Dr Robert Saunders is a Departmental Lecturer and College Fellow in Modern History at St John's College, Oxford and has taught and lectured extensively on British history and modern political theory. This is his first book.