Welcome to the new Anthem Press website, currently in BETA mode. The fully functional and updated site will be live soon!

Disraeli and the Art of Victorian Politics

Disraeli and the Art of Victorian Politics

By Ian St John

Anthem Perspectives in History

A comprehensive and lively review of Benjamin Disraeli encompassing his political career, personal life and literary aspirations.

Hardback, 246 Pages

ISBN:9781843311904

January 2005

£70.00, $115.00

More Retailers>

  • About This Book
  • Reviews
  • Author Information
  • Series
  • Table of Contents
  • Recently Viewed Titles

About This Book

This book is a comprehensive review of the political career of Benjamin Disraeli, providing a thorough critical analysis of one of the most ambitious and controversial leaders in British history. 'Disraeli and the Art of Victorian Politics' explores the political journey of a man propelled by a tremendous self-belief and capacity for self-invention through the complex world of Victorian political life. Disraeli retains a powerful presence in contemporary political discourse; whether in terms of current debates concerning the direction and leadership within the Conservative party or in more general areas of social and political debate such as the nature of imperialism, the dangers posed by the centralization of government power, the scope for state intervention in the economy, the constitutional role of the monarch and the meaning of Judaism in British life.  Dr Ian St John discusses Disraeli’s Conservative ideology and its relationship to his identity and his practice as a politician. The author brings to life the often sharp historiographical debates surrounding Disraeli's career by reproducing within each chapter views from key historians – an effective way to introduce the student and general reader to the contested nature of historical understanding. This title will be a major addition to our understanding of both Disraeli and the dynamics of nineteenth-century politics.

Reviews

'Dr St John has not merely given us a satisfying tool for analysing Disraeli. He has also provided a well-researched political biography...a solid work of scholarship.' —John McLeod, Associate Professor of History, University of Louisville


'An excellent and enjoyable political biography of Benjamin Disraeli... Notable are the author's use of diaries and letters which provide a decidedly 'first-hand' commentary on the thoughts and actions of Disraeli and those with whom he came in contact.' —Howard B. Fedrick, Assistant Professor, Department of History, King's College


'With welcome clarity and deft analysis, Ian St John unlocks the mind of one of the most fascinating figures in nineteenth-century England, and in so doing makes accessible to the uninitiated the mysteries, manoevrings and machinations of Victorian politics.' —Tod E. Jones, Professor of English, University of Maryland and author of ‘The Broad Church: A Biography of a Movement’

Author Information

Ian St John has taught history at Haberdashers' Aske's School in Hertfordshire since 2002. His chief research interests are in Victorian history.

Series

Anthem Perspectives in History

Table of Contents

Timeline; Introduction, I. Disraeli's Political Career, 1804-1846; II. The Politics of Opposition, 1846-1866; III. The 1867 Reform Act; IV. Disraeli's Political Ideology; V. Opposition Again, 1868-1874; VI. Prime Minister, 1874-1880: Domestic Policy; VII. Prime Minister: Foreign and Imperial Policy; VIII. Disraeli and the Art of Politics; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Recently Viewed Titles

Latest Tweets

  • Did you know nearly all Anthem titles are available in e-book format for individuals and libraries? Read about the… https://t.co/7u4SuynNY4

    - 14:05:59 on 18/07/2019
  • New Anthem Blog post! Jeffrey C. Robinson discusses Wordsworth, his new title, and his life in poetry in this excit… https://t.co/lCOFme8dAb

    - 14:05:59 on 17/07/2019
  • Read an important review of 'The Social Ecology of Border Landscapes' edited by @annagrichting1 and Michele Zebich-… https://t.co/d0h7ZLxu5l

    - 14:05:59 on 16/07/2019
  • "Science Meets Literature" by Dario Maestripieri analyzes Elias Canetti’s 1935 novel “Auto-da-Fé” to understand how… https://t.co/dKNIWRKxD5

    - 14:05:59 on 15/07/2019
  • ‘Imagined Sound’ is a unique cartography of the artistic, historical and political forces that have informed the po… https://t.co/bgIiZ3h8g1

    - 14:05:59 on 12/07/2019
  • If you missed Borders and Crossings 2019 at @uniofleicester last week, explore the #BnC2019 hashtag for a recap of… https://t.co/iLaA7Eonae

    - 14:05:59 on 11/07/2019
  • Read about Stephen Condit's fascinating case study on local government and Anarchist theory in Savonlinna, Finland.… https://t.co/jQFYs5YhvK

    - 14:05:59 on 09/07/2019
  • RT @ProfSteveFuller: My conversation with @citizencyborg is now online. I recommend it as a serious discussion of the future politics of hu…

    - 14:05:59 on 09/07/2019
  • Our blog has a new post! Michael Peter Bolus discusses the accessibility of cinema as an introduction to his new ti… https://t.co/DNJ9EBdJUQ

    - 14:05:59 on 08/07/2019
  • RT @alvarsantos: Thrilled to announce “World Trade and Investment Law Reimagined: A Progressive Agenda for an Inclusive Globalization” http…

    - 14:05:59 on 06/07/2019