Readership: Those interested in the history of British politics and the history of British elections in the 19th and 20th centuries
Jon Lawrence, Lecturer in Modern British History, University of Cambridge, and fellow of Emmanuel College
"A work that should be the first port of call for those interested in the history of electioneering." - Steven Fielding, 20th Century British History,
"A lively and stimulating history of electoral campaigning." - Times Higher Education Supplement
"A book rich in insight...wearing its learning lightly because Lawrence writes so well... This is an important and timely book." - John Ramsden, History Today
"[an] expert study of hustings from the 18th century to the present day...provocative" - Sarah Richardson, BBC History Magazine
"In Electing Our Masters: The Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair, Jon Lawrence has written a stimulating
account of this aspect of political life." - Keith Simpson MP Summer Reading List, 2009'
"Electing our Masters is highly recommended reading...contribute[s] significantly to our understanding of the dynamics of modern democratic politics." - Benjamin Schröder, H-Soz-u-Kult
"[a] readable and scholarly survey of British electoral practice from the eighteenth century to the present day" - Martin Pugh, English Historical Review
Introduction: The Spirit of the Hustings
1: John Bull at the Hustings: Electoral Politics from the Ancien Regime to the Second Reform Act
2: The Fall of the Hustings and the Rise of the Platform
3: Money, Men, and Mayhem: Electoral Politics before the First World War
4: War, Women, and the 'Silent Majority'
5: Towards the New Jerusalem
6: The Decline of the Platform
7: The Local Campaign in the Television Age
8: Broadcasting Politics
9: The Public Banished?