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William Gladstone New Studies and Perspectives by Dr. Roland Quinault
  

William Gladstone New Studies and Perspectives

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William Gladstone New Studies and Perspectives by Dr. Roland Quinault

William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) was the outstanding statesman of the Victorian age. He was an MP for over sixty years, a long serving and exceptional Chancellor of the Exchequer and four times Prime Minister. As the leader of the Liberal party over three decades, he personified the values and policies of later Victorian Liberalism. Gladstone, however, was always more than just a politician. He was also a considerable scholar, a dedicated Churchman and had a range of interests and connections that made him, in many respects, the quintessential Victorian. Yet important aspects of Gladstone's life have received relatively little recent attention from historians. This study reappraises Gladstone by focusing on five themes: his reputation; his representation in visual and material culture; his personal life; his role as an official; and the ethical and political basis of his international policies. This collection of original, often multidisciplinary studies, provides new perspectives on Gladstone's public and private life. As such, it illustrates the many-sided nature of his career and the complexities of his personality.

Reviews

'... splendidly edited ... None of the fourteen essays is less than first rate, showing both scholarly learning and searching for novel ways to explore (sometimes) well-trod territory.'
Journal of Modern History

'... these fourteen essays prove that there is much still to be discovered about Gladstone and much that is pertient to current debates, particularly those concerned with international affairs.'
Journal of Liberal History

'With whatever background knowledge one might come to this book, whether versed in things Gladstonian or a novice, there are things here to inform, enrich and challenge.'
Australian Journal of Politics and History

'... amusing asides occur within the context of essays analysing Gladstone's 'just war'
doctrine, as well as his attitudes towards chattel slavery, Irish finance, labour, the Ionian islands and international diplomacy. Three major issues emerge from this empirical mass

; namely, the late Frank Turner's distinction between Gladstone's political radicalism and his cultural conservatism, Deryck Schreuder's suggestive rendering of Gladstonian liberalism as method, and the problem of Burke.
English Historical Review

'This substantial volume of fourteen scholarly essays is testament to the continuing attention paid by historians to the life and career of William Gladstone.'
Political Studies Review

About the Author

Ruth Clayton Windscheffel, The Open University, UK; Roger Swift, University of Chester, UK; and Roland Quinault, University of London, UK.

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Publication date

28th June 2012

Author

Dr. Roland Quinault

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Publisher

Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

Social & political philosophy
Social & cultural history
Historiography

ISBN

9781409420460

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