Reform and Revolt in the city of dreaming spires

Radical, Socialist and Communist Politics in the City of Oxford 1830-1980
Duncan Bowie
Many studies have focused on Oxford University. This unique book tells the story of the progressive politics of the ‘town’. It traces Oxford’s local politics in the context of major events from nineteenth century ‘Reform’ to suffrage and UK socialism’s early years to CND’s rise illustrating how the city’s politics has acted as a minor training ground for future Labour Prime Ministers (Wilson, Blair) and a more substantial one for others such as Godfrey Elton and Richard Crossman. The author argues that this history has been one of the co-existence (not co-operation) of working- and middle- class elements thus revealing a rich heritage offering one of the few wide-ranging narratives of local UK city politics.

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