The Last Rising

The Newport Chartist Insurrection of 1839 - New Edition

David J. V. Jones

The Last Rising

David J. V. Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

With a new Introduction by Chris Williams
295 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1999
Paper $20.00 ISBN: 9781783160099 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
On November 4, 1839, John Frost, one of the leaders of the Chartist movement, led thousands of working class marchers through South Wales to push for political reform. When they arrived at the Westgate Hotel in the town of Newport, they encountered an armed militia. A bloody battle ensued. The Last Rising surveys this last of the Chartist insurrections, from its origins to its aftermath, and analyzes the profound impact of armed insurrection on the social and political climate of this period. It considers the response of the government and propertied classes—from the special commission that condemned three of the Chartist leaders to death, to the new interest in paternalism and the political concessions that were designed to prevent its recurrence. The book also includes a discussion of contemporary scholarship that regards the rising as one of the most important turning points in Welsh and British social history.






1. A unique society

2. A world of politics

3. The tide of revolution

4. The march

5. The rising

6. Punishment





Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
“Much of the value of the book lies in its brilliant analysis of the socio-economic structure of the coalfield, and of its distinctive political tradition. . . . This splendid, humane book makes us reflect anew, both on Chartism more generally and on Welsh radicalism in particular.”
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