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Politics in Carmarthenshire, 1832–1886

MATTHEW CRAGOE

in An Anglican Aristocracy

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780198205944
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205944.003.0005

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Politics in Carmarthenshire, 1832–1886

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The parliamentary representation of Carmarthenshire was dominated by the aristocracy throughout the period covered by this book. Those elected to serve at Westminster all came from the higher reaches of the local gentry or the nobility. This apparent continuity, however, disguised the extent to which the mid-Victorian years witnessed the ending of an old oligarchic electoral culture and its replacement by a new, more popular set of values. The election of 1868 saw the first rupture of the consensus upon which county politics had rested for nearly thirty years. It was qualitatively different from those of the 1830s, and marked the first divergence from the domination of local politics by the local gentry. This chapter presents a brief analysis of the results of elections in Carmarthenshire between 1832 and 1886 and provides an account both of the members who represented Carmarthenshire and the place of the county's election results within the broader context of elections in Wales at this time.

Keywords: Wales; Carmarthenshire; aristocracy; elections; politics; gentry

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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