By Edwin Jaggard
This unique case-study deals a penetrating research of the altering political tradition in Cornwall as much as and after the creation of the 1832 electoral procedure. It spans a century during which the county's parliamentary over-representation and infamous political corruption used to be changed by means of a politicised citizens for whom matters and ideas have been often paramount. numerous types of electoral behaviour are verified; particularly, the continual political activism of Cornwall's farmers stands proud. regardless of remnants of the unreformed electoral process lingering into the mid-Victorian period, Cornwall constructed a robust Liberal culture, outfitted upon distinct styles of non-conformity; the Conservatives, cut up via dissension, observed their pre-reform ascendancy disappear.
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Phillips, The Great Reform Bill in the boroughs: English electoral behaviour, 1818-1841, Oxford 1992. 11 Ibid. 302. 12 O'Gorman, Voters, patrons and parties, 393. 14 In fact their judgements may be a distortion of the real situation because their evidence came from geographically scattered sources rather than one or a cluster of counties. Nor were the three particularly concerned about the ramifications of any possible nexus between county and borough politics. Consequently, the most general justification for this study is to test both sides of the debate mentioned earlier, within a specific local context.
Page 17 Fishermen, as well as the Cornish people in general, were also the beneficiaries of shipwrecks, because the coastline was one of the great navigational hazards of the British Isles. Disregard for the law reached its height when ships loaded with valuable cargoes came ashore. Then, the news travelled fast: within hours hordes of men and women from inland parishes would flock to the scene, eager to carry off whatever goods or materials they could drag from the surf. Defoe said this behaviour revealed the Cornish as 'greedy, cruel, and eager for prey', and almost a century later the spread of Methodism had done little to dampen enthusiasm for benefiting from the tragedies of others.
New Series, 0269-2244 author : Jaggard, Edwin. publisher : Boydell ? Cornwall (England : County)--Politics and government, Elections--England--Cornwall (County)--History--19th century. 3/7081 subject : Cornwall (England : County)--Politics and government, Elections--England--Cornwall (County)--History--19th century. Except as permitted under current legislation no part of this work may be photocopied, stored in a retrieval system, published, performed in public, adapted, broadcast, transmitted, recorded or reproduced in any form or by any means, without the prior permission of the copyright owner First published 1999 A Royal Historical Society publication Published by The Boydell Press an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DF, UK and of Boydell & Brewer Inc.