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Title: Politics and place in suburban Walthamstow, 1870-1914
Author: Cooper, T.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2005
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There has recently been renewed interest in the politics of suburbia, however the politics of the working-class suburb remains a neglected subject. Between 1870 and 1914 there was an enormous expansion of working-class suburbs outside the boundaries of the L.C.C. in town such as Walthamstow, Tottenham and Edmonton. This process has been seen by some as having a de-radicalising influence on working-class politics. In this thesis I seek to show that in reality there was a complex politics in suburban Walthamstow involving existing residents, developers and new suburbans in contests over competing visions of the suburb’s destiny as a place. In contrast to the traditional image of the Conservative suburb, we find that Radicalism was successful in establishing itself after 1870 by exploring a growing sense of Walthamstow as a working-class place. As a result Radical-Progressivism became the dominant popular political ideology in Walthamstow between 1894 and 1914. However, this dominance was never uncontested, and by the end of the period, as Walthamstow’s suburbanity was changing, there were signs that Radicals were having increasing difficulty in maintaining their claim to represent Walthamstow’s working class against challenges from both the left and the right.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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