British Politics and Society



The first archive in Nineteenth Century Collections Online includes tens of thousands of historical primary sources relating to the social and  political climate in Great Britain during the “long” nineteenth century, and consists of more than 1.7 million pages. The collections are sourced from a variety of institutions, including the British Library and The National Archives, Kew.

With British Politics and Society, scholars can research and explore a range of primary sources covering such topics as British domestic and foreign policy, the working class, trade unions, Chartism, Owenism, public protest, radical movements, the cartographic record, political reform, education, family relationships, religion, and leisure.

Featured collections include:

• British Cabinet Papers, 1880-1916
• Civil Disturbance, Chartism and Riots in Nineteenth-Century England
• People’s History: Working Class Autobiographies
• Public Order, Discontent, and Protest in Nineteenth Century England, 1820-1850
• Radicalism, Anti-Radicalism and Reform in England, 1769-1861, Original Papers and Minute Books
• Radicals and Reformers in Britain: The Papers of John Cam Hobhouse, 1809-1865
• Rare Radical and Labour Periodicals of Great Britain
• Selected Papers of the Prime Ministers of Great Britain


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