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Speeches that changed Britain (Paperback)

Oratory in Birmingham

P&S History > Social Science & Culture > Politics > Political History

Imprint: West Midlands History
Pages: 158
ISBN: 9781905036233
Published: 31st October 2015
Casemate UK Academic

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It is striking how many nationally significant speeches have been made in Birmingham over the past two hundred years. This book looks at ten episodes when a speech in Birmingham challenged the rest of the country to embrace change and reform. More than any other city it represents Britain’s provincial voice across the period. The book reflects the importance of oratory in making a political argument. It may in a sound-bite era be a dying art but these speeches fulfil the first requirement of successful rhetoric, that it be a reasoned argument to persuade its audience.

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