War, Women, and the ‘Silent Majority’

Jon Lawrence

in Electing Our Masters

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199550128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191701528 | DOI:
War, Women, and the ‘Silent Majority’

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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

Chapter.  12525 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Political History

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