Campaigning for change: lessons from history (2015)

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Historians and campaigners explore the history of campaigning – and what lessons may be drawn for fighting modern-day causes.

Whatever your political viewpoint you probably think that there is much in the world that needs changing.

Campaigning for change is a necessary activity – although one which is under attack in many parts of the world.

This ebook provides inspiration from some of the great British campaigns of the past – from the anti-slavery movement, to free-trade campaigners, to the suffragettes, to campaigns for homosexual equality.

Written by leading academics at the History & Policy Network and Friends of the Earth this book draws lessons for campaigners and historians alike.

History can’t provide us with templates for modern-day campaigns but we can learn some lessons from it.

As 19th-century Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky said “History teaches us nothing, but only punishes for not learning its lessons”.


Britain’s Anti-Slavery Campaigns, 1787-1838, 25 Richard Huzzey, Durham University

Chartism, Malcolm Chase, University of Leeds

The Anti-Corn Law Campaign, Henry Miller, Durham University

The Campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts, Dr Jane Jordan, Kingston University

Fighting for the Franchise: The Campaign for Women to Obtain the Vote,
Sarah Richardson, University of Warwick

Opposition to Irish Home Rule, 1885-1922, Luke Blaxill, University of Oxford

Campaigning for homosexual rights in 20th-century Britain,
Lucy Delap, University of Cambridge

Mary Whitehouse, the National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association and social movement campaigning,
Lawrence Black, University of York

The Miners’ Strike in Britain, 1984-85,  Jim Phillips, University of Glasgow


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