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dgham
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1832 is the only reform act in the 19th/20th century that I'm a little puzzled by. I'm fully aware of everything that happened, but I'd like opinions on whether the Whigs introduced reform because of threat of revolution, to preserve their position of power, or meritocracy? Or something else? I'm leaning towards reform to preserve, seeing as they had just finally broken the Tories' stranglehold of power, and wanted to gain support.

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The threat of revolution is definitely a factor- this was around the time of the June/July uprising in France

Also worth considering is that it was a way to bring the middle classes 'on-side' and alienate the working classes, thus destroying any chance of a coherent working and middle class demand for serious reform being raised. Essentially it was concede a little or face having to concede much greater

Also the whigs were genuine supporters or reform and by enfranchising the middle classes they would be hoping that they would be shown gratitude by the middle classes in the next election as they would 'in theory' vote for them
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