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Conservatism for the democratic ageConservative cultures and the challenge of mass politics in early twentieth century England$
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Dr. David Thackeray

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087615

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087615.001.0001

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Cultures of Unionism

Cultures of Unionism

(p.69) 4 Cultures of Unionism
Conservatism for the democratic age

David Thackeray

Manchester University Press

As well as encountering divisions based on class and gender, the Edwardian Unionist alliance experienced very different fortunes across the regions of Britain, as a result of the uneven reception of tariff reform. While the tariff leagues played a key role in revitalising Unionist activism in southern England and the West Midlands, many Unionists were deeply troubled by the emergence of the tariff reform campaign. In the immediate years before the First World War, opposition to Irish home rule, galvanised and revitalised Unionist activism across Britain. The British Covenant organisation, in particular, did much to unite and revitalise grassroots Unionism across the nation during these years appealing to many who had participated in the tariff reform campaign, but also many who had not.

Keywords:   Tariff reform, Home rule, Welsh disestablishment, Regional politics, Unionist crisis

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