Comment on the term "Reforming to preserve" in the context of the Whig reforms 1830-1841.

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  1. Comment on the term “Reforming to preserve” in the context of the Whig reforms 1830-1841.

The term “Reforming to preserve” means that the government needed to give the people some reform so as to stop them revolting. If they did this it would mean that the people would settle down because for the moment they were content. An example of this is where the government gives in to the will of the people and gives them some basic reforms.

  1. Explain why there was opposition to Whig reforms in factories and education.

The church opposed reform in education because reform would mean that the Church of England would no longer be in charge of all education. This meant that some schools would not teach the children that the Church of England was that important. When the Church of England was in charge of education, children learned that the church was the most important part of their life. The Church of England also feared that if other religions were able to run schools then more people would change their religion, and become for example Roman Catholic or Quaker.

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The middle class also opposed reform in education. This was because they felt that if working class people were allowed to be educated then that would make the working class the same as them on some level. The middle class used their education to further themselves in social circles, and if the working class had this as well then it would bring the working class up to the same level of education as the middle class, which was not in the interests of the middle class.  

There was opposition to reform in factories because at the moment ...

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