Profiling the Yorkshire County Elector of the early eighteenth century: new material and methods.

Date

2001

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

1468-2281

Volume Title

Publisher

Wiley

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article investigates the possibilities for re-examining the political motivations of eighteenth-century county electors in the light of their socio-economic status. It focuses upon the linkage of estate and electoral records for several townships in Yorkshire, with particular attention paid to the deeds registries of Yorkshire as a source for the political historian. Whilst the argument stresses the importance of developing a broader understanding of the voters’ motivations, its key conclusion is that the more one knows about individual electors, the less confidence one can have in generalizations based upon aggregate analyses of poll books.

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Keywords

psephology, elections, British History, eighteenth-century

Citation

Hall, R. (2001) Profiling the Yorkshire County Elector of the early eighteenth century: new material and methods. Historical Research, 74 (184), pp. 172-192

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)