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Middle-class Ascendancy, 1900–1906

Alvin Jackson

in Colonel Edward Saunderson

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780198204985
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676437 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204985.003.0010
Middle-class Ascendancy, 1900–1906

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Saunderson suffered setbacks in almost every sphere of his political activity between 1901 and 1905. His tenacious landlordism embarrassed his allies and delighted his opponents; his rigid paternalism irritated most those more acutely aware of the need for reform within Unionism. The landed character of Unionist politics extended far beyond the obduracy of individual leaders like Saunderson. For the very structures of the movement had been laid down in an age of landed ascendancy, and they were now proving largely inadequate as a means of channelling popular opinion.

Keywords: paternalism; Unionism; Unionist politics; landed ascendancy

Chapter.  9394 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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