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THE

DEVELOPMENT OF PARLIAMENT

THE

DEVELOPMENT OF PARLIAMENT

DURING

THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

BY

G. LOWES DICKINSON, M.A.

FELLOW OF KING'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
AUTHOR OF 'REVOLUTION AND REACTION IN MODERN FRANCE'

LONDON
LONG MANS, GREEN, AND CO.

AND NEW

YORK

1895

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PREFACE

THE OBJECT of the following pages is twofold. First, to recount, as briefly and clearly as may be, the process of the democratisation' of Parliament; secondly, to put what appears to me to be one of the most important questions to which that process has given rise—the question of the competence of a democratic House of Commons to direct to a satisfactory issue the socialistic tendencies of the future.

It would have been easy for me to expand my materials into a larger book, to insert in the text much that I have relegated to notes, and to add much which I have omitted altogether. But I have preferred to aim, above all things, at clearness and brevity, in the hope that what I have written may be read, if not by the general public, at any rate by some who are not professional

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