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The Historiography of Gladstone and Disraeli

Ian St John
 

The Historiography of Gladstone and Disraeli

This book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the lively historical controversies surrounding the political careers of Gladstone and Disraeli.

Imprint: Anthem Press
Paperback
ISBN 9781783085286
August 2016 | 402 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6
 
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9781783085286

About This Book

This book traces the often sharply differing perspectives historians have formed with regard to the key incidents in the careers of the two foremost politicians of the Victorian age – Gladstone and Disraeli. Following the parallel careers of both men, it focuses upon such contentious questions as why Disraeli opposed Corn Law repeal in 1846, if and when Gladstone became a Liberal, why Disraeli oversaw the 1867 Reform Act, how successful a Chancellor of the Exchequer was Gladstone, whether Disraeli was ever an Imperialist, and why Gladstone took up the cause of Irish Home Rule. In each case it juxtaposes the various interpretations of events historians have advocated, guiding the reader through the often complicated and nuanced debates. Motivating this approach is the conviction that history is a continually evolving subject in which finality is not to be looked for. Every generation poses new questions, or reformulates answers to old ones, and nowhere has this been more apparent than in our understanding of the Victorian age, which has retained the capacity to both challenge and provoke us, and whose legacy continues to actively shape our present and future. It is this very fluidity and contestability of key historical doctrines that gives the subject its perennial attraction and ensures that every student must confront the issues for themselves, and weigh up the sometimes bewildering array of theories and explanations, so as to come to their own conclusion. This book provides a uniquely rich and comprehensive guide through the historiographical terrain of Victorian Britain and will be an invaluable asset to any student grappling with the rivalry between Gladstone and Disraeli and the issues that formed both them and the Victorian age of which we are the heirs.

Readership: This book is ideal for students and teachers of Victorian history seeking a direct analysis of key historical controversies surrounding the careers of Gladstone and Disraeli and guides to further reading.

Author Information

Ian St John studied at the Universities of York and Oxford, and currently teaches History at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School. He has previously published biographical studies of both Gladstone and Disraeli.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Gladstone and Disraeli to 1846; 2. Gladstone and Disraeli to 1865; 3. Why Did Disraeli Oversee the Passage of such a Radical Reform Act in 1867?; 4. Gladstone In and Out of Power 1868-1874; 5. Gladstone versus Disraeli 1874-80; 6. Gladstone Alone 1880-1885; 7. Gladstone and Ireland; 8. Gladstone and Disraeli: Ideological Perspectives