Liberty, retrenchment, and reform : popular liberalism in the Age of Gladstone, 1860-1880 (Book, 1992) []
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Liberty, retrenchment, and reform : popular liberalism in the Age of Gladstone, 1860-1880

Liberty, retrenchment, and reform : popular liberalism in the Age of Gladstone, 1860-1880

Author: Eugenio F Biagini
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In common with republicanism or socialism in continental Europe, Liberalism in nineteenth-century Britain was a mass movement. By focussing on the period between the 1860s and the 1880s, this book sets out to explain why and how that happened, and to examine the people who supported it, their beliefs, and the way in which the latter related to one another and to reality. Popular support for the Liberal party was not  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: W E Gladstone; W E Gladstone; William Ewart Gladstone; W E Gladstone; William Ewart Gladstone; William Ewart Gladstone
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eugenio F Biagini
ISBN: 0521403154 9780521403153 0521548861 9780521548861
OCLC Number: 23869026
Description: xii, 476 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Themes and problems --
Who were the popular liberals? --
A note on the sources --
pt. I: Liberty and Retrenchment --
The language of popular liberalism --
The Bible and the Phrygian cap --
From the Reformation to the Risorgimento --
The 'people' against 'privilege' --
The 'coming republic'? --
The 'Great Republic of the West' --
The social contract --
'Independence' and laissez-faire: The pastoral dream --
The 'moral economy' of free trade --
Gladstone and the plebeian financial reformers --
Tory 'profligacy' and Liberal crusades --
The social question --
The search for 'independence': the ways of solidarity --
Trades unions and civil liberty --
Exceptions to the rule of laissez-faire: the Factory Acts --
Exceptions to the rule of laissez-faire: poor relief, the drink question and municipal socialism. Exceptions to the rule of laissez-faire: the land question --
Anti-clericalism --
Education and human emancipation --
The 1870 Education Act and its aftermath --
The dynamic of popular liberal anti-clericalism --
'Free churches in a free state': the disestablishment question --
pt. II: Reform --
The Franchise Question --
The appeal of the reformers --
The platform of plebeian reform --
The Reform Act of 1867 --
The revival of 'manhood suffrage' --
The missing revival of 'manhood suffrage' --
The agitation for the Third Reform Bill --
The end of the 'agitations' --
Parliament and Community --
Parliament and electors --
The local community and its self-government --
The party and its forms --
'Direct' representation --
The Lib-labs and their constituents --The charismatic leader --The need for a charismatic leader --
The 'People's William', 1862-1876 --
The Bulgarian agitation and the origins of the 'demagogue' --
the cult of the leader --
The epic of Midlothian --
The GOM in the 1880s.
Responsibility: Eugenio F. Biagini.
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