The author would like to thank Jon Lawrence, Laura Rowe, Andrew Thorpe and Richard Toye for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article. This research was aided by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Building a peaceable party: masculine identities in British Conservative politics, c.1903–24*
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Institute of Historical Research
Volume 85, Issue 230, pages 651–673, November 2012
How to Cite
Thackeray, D. (2012), Building a peaceable party: masculine identities in British Conservative politics, c.1903–24. Historical Research, 85: 651–673. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2012.00600.x
- Issue published online: 19 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2012
Building on recent cultural histories, this article explores the changing role of public masculinities in British politics during the early decades of the twentieth century. Drawing largely on newspapers and election ephemera, it argues that the Conservative party's success in appealing to Britain's greatly expanded electorate after 1918 can be explained, in part, by its ability to adapt to, and shape, models of expected masculine behaviour. Conservatives claimed that they represented orderly politics and the interests of the ex-serviceman's family, both of which were supposedly threatened by Labour.