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Electing Our MastersThe Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair$
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Jon Lawrence

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550128.001.0001

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War, Women, and the ‘Silent Majority’

War, Women, and the ‘Silent Majority’

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Electing Our Masters

Jon Lawrence

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the influence of war, women, and the silent majority in electoral politics. The first section discusses the significance of radio and cinema as alternatives to the press, meetings, and populism. The second section explores the heyday of election meetings with the aid of technological innovations such as amplification, instantaneous relay, and more reliable modes of transport. The third section looks at the transformation of the campaign after 1918. The fourth section deals with the anonymity of mass politics by breaking down the electorate into distinct groups. The last section discusses concerns about the character and temper of the new mass democracy in playing a decisive role in transforming the culture of public politics.

Keywords:   radio, cinema, mass media, mass democracy, women, campaign

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