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Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Mark Curthoys

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This is a study of how mid-Victorian Britain and its specialist advisers, in an age of free trade and the minimal state, attempted to create a viable legal framework for trade unions and strikes. It ... More


The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1871

MARK CURTHOYS

in Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

In 1871, parliamentary opinion in Britain insisted that the criminal law should be strong enough to ensure that those individuals or groups of individuals who chose not to belong to trade unions or ... More


Adultery, Sex Offenses, and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898

Wendie Ellen Schneider

in Engines of Truth: Producing Veracity in the Victorian Courtroom

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300125665
eISBN:
9780300216554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300125665.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Nearly fifty years passed between the reform allowing parties to testify in civil cases and the Criminal Evidence Act of 1898 that allowed defendants to testify in criminal cases. This delay was a ... More


The Gas Stokers’ Case and the Freedom to Strike

MARK CURTHOYS

in Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter examines the ruling issued by Sir William Brett in R v Bunn and Others (the gas stokers' case) and its implications for Britain's trade unions and their freedom to strike. Whatever its ... More


Reforming Labour Law, 1873–1874

MARK CURTHOYS

in Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Robert Lowe, who became secretary of the Home Office of Britain in August 1873, prepared a comprehensive settlement of the Trades Union Congress's (TUC) grievances during his brief tenure by drafting ... More


‘The Workmen’s Victory’?

MARK CURTHOYS

in Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The unexpected loss of the Liberal Party in the general election of 1874 was not due more to the active hostility of the trade unionists than to the sullen abstention of the nonconformists in ... More


The Authority of the Law

Margot C. Finn

in Liberty and Authority in Victorian Britain

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199271337
eISBN:
9780191699511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271337.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter re-examines the transition from status to contract and from contractual individualism to legal collectivism by scrutinizing the authority of the law from three successive vantage points. ... More


Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

James Taylor

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

Should businessmen who commit fraud go to prison? This question has been asked repeatedly since 2008; it was also raised in nineteenth-century Britain, when the spread of corporate capitalism created ... More


Trade Unions Legalized

MARK CURTHOYS

in Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

In July 1869, the Liberal government in Britain had committed itself to allowing trade unions a recognized legal status on the condition that their objectives were not actually criminal. The ... More


Introduction

MARK CURTHOYS

in Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199268894
eISBN:
9780191708466
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book examines the structures inherited by policymakers of mid-Victorian Britain from their Liberal-Tory predecessors a generation earlier granting trade unions a distinctive form of legal ... More


Baffling Fraud: The 1840s

James Taylor

in Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

On the face of it, the 1840s was a decade of change inspired by a series of major frauds. Magistrates began to take a more active role in the wake of joint-stock scandals. The legislature conducted a ... More


The Morals of Mania: The 1820s

James Taylor

in Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

The mid-1820s saw the biggest boom in company promotions since the ‘bubble’ era of 1719-20. But confidence collapsed at the end of 1825, and this chapter explores the legal aftermath of the crash. ... More


Public Service and Party Politics

Philip Waller

in Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199541201
eISBN:
9780191717284
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199541201.003.0025
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Some writers considered the idea of authors involving themselves in politics as misguided, even absurd; but several stood for Parliament after the extension of the franchise in 1884 (Conan Doyle, ... More


Mismanagement or Fraud? The 1830s

James Taylor

in Boardroom Scandal: The Criminalization of Company Fraud in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199695799
eISBN:
9780191749520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695799.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Economic History

After the turmoil of 1825-27, the joint-stock company slid from the political agenda until the mid-1830s, when the ‘wild spirit of speculation’ returned, followed by another crash at the end of 1836. ... More


The Struggle for Political Representation: Labour Candidates and the Liberal Party, 1868–76

James Owen

in Labour and the Caucus: Working-Class Radicalism and Organised Liberalism in England, 1868-1888

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781846319440
eISBN:
9781781387207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319440.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter, by examining both parliamentary and local elections between 1868 and 1876, demonstrates how working-class candidates could adapt their attitude towards local Liberalism depending on the ... More


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