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Lord Acton

Author: Roland Hill
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lord Acton (1834-1902), numbered among the most esteemed Victorian historical thinkers, was much respected for his vast learning, his ideas on politics and religion, and his lifelong preoccupation with human freedom. Yet Acton was in many ways an outsider. He stood apart from his contemporaries, doubting the notion of unlimited progress and the blessings of nationalism and democracy. He differed from fellow members  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Baron; John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Baron; John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton; John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Baron
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roland Hill
ISBN: 0300079567 9780300079562
OCLC Number: 42692130
Description: xxiv, 548 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Roland Hill ; foreword by Owen Chadwick.

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"Lord Acton (1834-1902), numbered among the most esteemed Victorian historical thinkers, was much respected for his vast learning, his ideas on politics and religion, and his lifelong preoccupation with human freedom. Yet Acton was in many ways an outsider. He stood apart from his contemporaries, doubting the notion of unlimited progress and the blessings of nationalism and democracy. He differed from fellow members of the English upper class, holding to his Catholic faith. And he angered other Catholic believers by fiercely opposing the doctrine of papal infallibility." "The book describes Acton's extended family of European aristocrats, his cosmopolitan upbringing, and his disrupted education. Hill discusses Acton's brief career as a Liberal member of Parliament, his work as editor and owner of learned Catholic journals, his battles for freedom for and in the Catholic Church, his friendship with William E. Gladstone, and his seven years as Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University."--BOOK JACKET.

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