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Author St. John, Ian, 1965-

Title Gladstone and the logic of Victorian politics / Ian St John

Publ Info London ; New York : Anthem Press, 2010
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 RWU Main Library  DA563.4 .S72 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xi, 452 pages ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Anthem learning
Note Includes bibliographical references (p.[433]-435) and index
Contents The young Tory -- From high Tory to reforming Peelite, 1841-1851 -- The struggle for Peelite finance, 1851-1855 -- Years of decision, 1855-1859 -- From iron chancellor to people's tribune, 1859-1865 -- The rise to leadership, 1865-1868 -- "I ascend a steepening path" : Prime Minister, 1868-1874 -- Gladstone's foreign policy, 1868-1880 -- Gladstonian liberalism -- Gladstone's second government, 1880-1885: foreign and domestic policies -- Gladstone and Ireland, 1880-1885 -- Gladstone and Irish home rule -- Gladstone, 1886-1898: raging against the dying of the light -- Gladstone: a study in Victorian dialectic
Note This book provides an analysis of the political career of William Gladstone, one of the most intriguing and controversial figures in modern British history. It captures the incredible richness and range of Gladstone's political journey, tracing his evolution from idealistic Tory defender of a theocratic Anglican state, through his transformation into Peelite financial administrator, reforming Liberal Prime Minister, populist champion of the "masses against the classes", and culminating in his strenuous yet schismatic attempt to bring Home Rule to Ireland. Each stage in Gladstone's development is assessed in the light both of recent historiographical debates and Gladstone's own complex reflections upon his own actions. Throughout, attention is devoted to the intellectual processes that shaped Gladstone's political practice. Gladstone was unique, not merely in the longevity of his career, but in his determination to reason through his responses to problems in the light of his extensive reading, his study of ancient literature, and his profoundly held religious convictions. As such this book provides an entry point into the Victorian world and Gladstone's thinking about such questions as financial policy, the relevance of morality to foreign policy, the claims of national sentiment, Britain's responsibility as an imperial power, and the role of public opinion in policy making. The conclusions he arrived at cannot be ignored by anyone interested in nineteenth century history or, indeed, the political challenges confronting Britain and the world in the twenty-first century
LC subject Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901
ISBN 9781843318729 (pbk.)
1843318725 (pbk.)
9780857287991 (eBook)
0857287990 (eBook)