By Taru Haapala

ISBN-10: 3319351273

ISBN-13: 9783319351278

ISBN-10: 3319351281

ISBN-13: 9783319351285

This booklet deals much-needed perception into the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and the real function they've got performed in nineteenth-century British political tradition. regardless of this position, or maybe for that very cause, the Unions have bought little or no scholarly recognition as to their political actions. This examine will concentration really on debating practices in which their participants grew to become an expert of the parliamentary approach of doing politics. extra considerably, it makes use of the unique Union files as fundamental study fabric to teach that in addition they had distinctive political practices in their personal. offering an in depth research in their debates, the publication argues that the Unions can be liked as autonomous political arenas, now not mere extensions of Westminster politics.

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With the majority rule in place, the president was now able to pass further rules to maintain order (Hollis 1965, 28). This description of the establishment of the Oxford Union shows already the significance of procedure and its skilful use compared to other academic debating societies. The Union Societies gradually became models for other academic debating societies in England. John Stuart Mill, for instance, founded THE UNION SOCIETIES’ ROLE IN THE FORMATION OF A PARLIAMENTARY... , 76–77). The Scottish academic debating societies also remained influential but they, too, started to take their example from Union Societies.

Php/published-work-mainmenu11/146-the-cambridge-union-and-­­ireland-1815–1914 Martin, James 2014. Politics and Rhetoric: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge. Meisel, Joseph S. 2001. Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone. New York: Columbia University Press. Meisel, Joseph S. 2011. Knowledge and Power: The Parliamentary Representation of Universities in Britain and the Empire. (Parliamentary History: Texts & Studies 4). Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell. Norton, Philip [Lord] 2001.

In his journal Horner wrote how he p ­ ractised oratory through observing other speakers at the Society and reading speeches 32 T. HAAPALA delivered in Parliament (Horner 1843, 78–79). , 93). The way to improve his performance was to study the styles and manners of his opponents. For example, he took notes of their arguments and made references to them while speaking. Horner’s main method was to imitate ‘models of eloquence’, especially such as presented in poetry, ‘to store my imagination with the elegancies of expression’ (Horner 1843, 95–97).

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