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Mark Hovell Papers

Date range: 1906-1929

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Mark Hovell (1888-1916) was a historian, best-known for his work on Chartism.

Hovell studied history at the University of Manchester, where he was influenced by T. F. Tout and George Unwin. He later became a lecturer at Manchester, specialising in 18th and 19th century British history. Hovell was completing a study of the Chartist movement, when he was called up for military service during the First World War. He was killed during the Somme campaign in August 1916.

Hovell's papers include drafts of his innovative study of Chartism, published posthumously as The Chartist Movement (1918), as well as a cuttings book of reviews of this work. In addition, there are lecture notes, and correspondence between Hovell and his future wife, Frances Gatley, during his period at the University of Leipzig in 1912/3, which provide an interesting commentary on German intellectual life at that time.

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