Gladstone Centenary Essays

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Gladstone Centenary Essays

2000

March 1st, 2000

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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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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Contributors6
List of Illustrations8
Preface10
Acknowledgements12
Abbreviations13
Introduction15
Gladstone, Chalmers and the Disruption of the Church of Scotland24
‘The Strict Line of Political Succession’? Gladstone’s Relationship with Peel: An Apt Pupil?43
Gladstone and Homer71
Gladstone and Parliamentary Reform89
Gladstone, Liberalism and the Government of 1868-1874108
Gladstone and Cobden127
Networking through Sound Establishments: How Gladstone Could Make Dissenting Sense147
Gladstone and Irish Nationalism: Achievement and Reputation177
In the Front Rank of the Nation: Gladstone and the Unionists of Ireland, 1868-1893198
Exporting ‘Western & Beneficent Institutions’: Gladstone and Empire, 1880-1885216
Gladstone’s Fourth Administration, 1892-1894239
‘Carving the Last Few Columns out of the Gladstonian Quarry’: The Liberal Leaders and the Mantle of Gladstone, 1898-1929257
William Ewart Gladstone: A Select Bibliography274
Index291