British Chartism

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The outcome of the social revolutions of 1830-1833 left Europe in a general sense of discontent. Governments were doing their best to limit democratic movements by restricting voting privileges to the wealthier middle classes. Limited voting power kept the Whig party “safe” from radical pressure in Britain. These absurd manipulations of the electorate and parliament encouraged democrats and radicals (middle classes) from all over Europe to protest and eventually uprise. One of the best, most …

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…more petitions were presented to the Parliament, but each time bitterly rejected. The flame of Chartism had now been extinguished. The middle class diverted to the Anti-Corn Law, the artisans began to support peaceful agitation, and the working classes turned toward trade unionism. The movement, however, did not sink low in the image of Victorian England. It helped bring out the ills and injustices of industrial Britain, and was of great importance for further reforms.