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The Life of Richard Cobden

The Life of Richard Cobden
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108026833

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  • Richard Cobden (1804–1865) was a manufacturer and Liberal politician, campaigning for the repeal of the Corn Laws, and for a free market economy. His laissez-faire views on protectionism and the role of government intervention in economics had a lasting influence on British politics throughout the twentieth century as the antithesis of socialism. This Life, first published in 1881, set new standards for biographical documentation. John Morley was a journalist, biographer and future Liberal statesman, and had the advantage of having not only Cobden's journals and letters to use, but access to those of many of his friends and political associates. He clearly sympathised with many of Cobden's ideas, but does not let this colour his careful analysis of the character of Cobdenite radicalism.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108026833
    • dimensions: 252 x 330 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.63kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Early life
    2. Commercial and mental progress
    3. Travels in west and east
    4. The two pamphlets
    5. Life in Manchester, 1837–9
    6. The foundation of the League
    7. The Corn Laws
    8. Cobden enters Parliament - first session
    9. Cobden as an agitator
    10. The new Corn Law
    11. Sir Robert Peel's new policy
    12. Renewed activity of the League - Cobden and Sir Robert Peel - rural campaign
    13. The session of 1844 - factory legislation - the constituencies
    14. Bastiat - new tracts – activity in parliament - Maynooth grant - private affairs
    15. The autumn of 1845
    16. Repeal of the Corn Laws and fall of the government
    17. Correspondence with Sir Robert Peel - cessation of the League
    18. Tour over Europe
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    1. Election for the West Riding - purchase of Dunford - correspondence
    2. Miscellaneous correspondence on social and political movements
    3. The Don Pacifico debate - the Papal aggression - correspondence with Mr. Bright on reform – Kossuth
    4. The Protectionists in office
    5. The panic of 1853
    6. The Crimean War
    7. Death of his son
    8. Chinese affairs - Cobden's motion - the dissolution
    9. The Indian Mutiny - private affairs - second journey to America
    10. Return from America - the new ministry
    11. The French treaty
    12. Holiday and return to Paris
    13. The tariff - the fortification scheme
    14. The policy of the commercial treaty
    15. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1859–60 - Paris - return to England
    16. The American war - fortification schemes - international law
    17. Correspondence with Mr. Delane
    18. The Danish war - last speeches in Parliament - correspondence
    19. Speech at Rochdale - the land question - correspondence - last days and death
    20. Conclusion

  • Author

    John Morley

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