Gladstone Centenary Essays

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David Bebbington, Roger Swift
Liverpool University Press, 2000 - 286 pages
W. E. Gladstone towers over the politics of the nineteenth century. He is known for his policies of financial rectitude, his campaigns to settle the Irish question and his championship of the rights of small nations. He remains the only British Prime Minister to have served for four separate terms. In 1998 an international conference at Chester College brought together Gladstone scholars to mark the centenary of his death, and many of the papers presented on that occasion are published in this volume. Covering the whole of the statesman's long political life from the first Reform Act to the last decade of the nineteenth century, they range over topics as diverse as parliamentary reform and free trade, Gladstone's English Nonconformist supporters and his Irish Unionist opponents. A select bibliography, arranged by subject, supplies guidance for further research. The collection forms a tribute, appreciative but critical, to the Grand Old Man of British politics.
 

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Contents

Gladstone Chalmers and the Disruption of the Church
10
The Strict Line of Political Succession? Gladstones
29
Gladstone and Homer David Bebbington
57
Gladstone and Parliamentary Reform Roland Quinault
75
Gladstone Liberalism and the Government of 18681874
94
Gladstone and Cobden Anthony Howe
113
How Gladstone
133
Achievement
163
Gladstone and the Unionists
184
Gladstone
202
Gladstones Fourth Administration 18921894
225
Carving the Last Few Columns out of the Gladstonian
243
A Select Bibliography
260
Index
277
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David Bebbington is Professor of History at the University of Stirling. Roger Swift is Professor of Victorian Studies at Chester College.

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