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Title: The political importance of the 'Westminster Committee' of the early nineteenth century, with special reference to the years 1807-22
Author: Saxton, W. E.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1957
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By the time the French Revolution broke out, there were, it would seem, many men among the so-called 'lower orders' in Westminster, politically alert, discontented with aristocratic government, suspicious of both Pittites and Foxites - but so far without organisation or leadership to inspire them to voice their feelings in public, or to take political action themselves. The coalition of 1784, by dividing Reformers from the Whigs had destroyed the first Westminster Committee. The distrust of aristocratic parties it helped to inspire - a distrust encouraged when Pitt and his followers too, seemed to have lost interest in 'the people', in the struggle to preserve their own power - was to lead to the emergence of another and very different 'Westminster Committee', formed by men from among the 'Lower Orders' of Westminster itself.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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