Chartism and revolution

‘The era of Chartism is immortal in that over the course of a decade it gives us in condensed and diagrammatic form the whole gamut of proletarian struggle-from petitions in parliament to armed insurrection. All the fundamental problems of the class movement of the proletariat. . . were not only crystallised out of the progress of the Chartist mass movement, but found in it their principled answer.’ (Trotsky 1925) CHARTISM BURST into British politics one hundred and fifty years ago in May 1838. Described by

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