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The Life of William Ewart Gladstone

The Life of William Ewart Gladstone
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108026802

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  • Morley's authorised biography of Gladstone (1809–1898) was published in 1903, and is a landmark of political biography. Four times Liberal Prime Minister between 1868 and 1894, Gladstone had left an enormous archive of letters, papers and diaries, which Morley (1838–1923), himself a noted Liberal politician and writer, spent five years distilling into three volumes. Although many other biographies and editions have since been published, Morley's work is still valuable for his use of primary sources, especially for the earlier part of Gladstone's career. Morley avoids overt party bias, but is understandably discreet in his treatment of more recent political events. He also ignores more private aspects of his subject's life and, as an agnostic, did not empathise with Gladstone's strong religious convictions. Volume 1 covers Gladstone's early career, Volume 2 the years 1859–1880, and Volume 3 includes the Sudan crisis, and the debates over Irish Home Rule.

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108026802
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 155 mm
    • weight: 2.92kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Book I. 1809–1831: Introductory
    1. Childhood
    2. Eton
    3. Oxford
    Book II. 1832–1846:
    1. Enters Parliament
    2. The new conservatism and office
    3. Progress in public life
    4. The church
    5. His first book
    6. Characteristics
    7. Close of apprenticeship
    8. Peel's government
    9. Maynooth
    10. Triumph of policy and fall of the minister
    11. The Tractarian catastrophe
    Book III. 1847–1852:
    1. Member for Oxford
    2. The Hawarden estate
    3. Party evolution - new colonial policy
    4. Death of Sir Robert Peel
    5. Gorham case - secession of friends
    6. Naples
    7. Religious tornado - peelite difficulties
    8. End of protection
    Book IV. 1853–1859:
    1. The coalition
    2. The triumph of 1853
    3. The Crimean war
    4. Oxford reform - the open Civil Service
    5. War finance - tax or loan
    6. Crisis of 1855 and break-up of the Peelites
    7. Political isolation
    8. General election - new marriage law
    9. The second Derby government
    10. The Ionian islands
    11. Junction with the Liberals
    Chronology. Volume 2: Book V. 1859–1868:
    1. The Italian revolution
    2. The great budget
    3. Battle for economy
    4. The spirit of Gladstonian finance
    5. American civil war
    6. Death of friends - days at Balmoral
    7. Garibaldi - Denmark
    8. Advance in public position and otherwise
    9. Defeat at Oxford - death of Lord Palmerston - parliamentary leadership
    10. Matters ecclesiastical
    11. Popular estimates
    12. Letters
    13. Reform
    14. The struggle for household suffrage
    15. Opening of the Irish campaign
    16. Prime minister
    Book VI. 1869–1874:
    1. Religious equality
    2. First chapter of an agrarian revolution
    3. Education - the career and the talents
    4. The Franco-German war
    5. Neutrality and annexation
    6. The Black Sea
    7. 'Day's work of a giant'
    8. Autumn of 1871 - decline of popularity
    9. Washington and Geneva
    10. As head of a cabinet
    11. Catholic country and Protestant parliament
    12. The crisis
    13. Last days of the ministry
    14. The dissolution
    Book VII. 1874–1880:
    1. Retirement from leadership
    2. Vaticanism
    3. The Octagon
    4. Eastern question once more
    5. A tumultous year
    6. Midlothian
    7. The eve of the battle
    8. The fall of Lord Beaconsfield
    9. The second ministry
    Chronology. Volume 3: Book VIII. 1880–1885:
    1. Opening days of the new parliament
    2. An episode in toleration
    3. Majuba
    4. New phases of the Irish revolution
    5. Egypt
    6. Political jubilee
    7. Colleagues - northern cruise - Egypt
    8. Reform
    9. The Soudan
    10. Interior of the cabinet
    11. Defeat of ministers
    12. Accession of Lord Salisbury
    Book IX. 1885–1886
    1. Leadership and the general election
    2. The polls in 1885
    3. A critical month
    4. Fall of the first Salisbury government
    5. The new policy
    6. Introduction of the bill
    7. The political atmosphere - defeat of the bill
    Book X. 1886–1898:
    1. The morrow of defeat
    2. The alternation policy in act
    3. The special commission
    4. An interim
    5. Breach with Mr. Parnell
    6. Biarritz
    7. The fourth administration
    8. Retirement from public life
    9. The close
    10. Final

  • Author

    John Morley

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