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Title:
Gladstone
Author:
Partridge, Michael.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xx, 284 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1350 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780415216265

9780415216272
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Gladstone is one of the most important political figures in modern British history. He held the office of Prime Minister four times during a turbulent and changing time in Britain's history.

Michael Partridge provides a new survey of Gladstone's life and career, placing him firmly in the context of nineteenth-century Britain, and covering both his intriguing private life and his public career. Surveying a broad range of source material, Partridge begins by looking at Gladstone's early life, education and entry to Parliament, before looking at his marriage and service with Peel. He goes on to look in detail at Gladstone's terms as prime minister concluding with his fourth ministry, when Gladstone, by now in his eighties, returned to power. He tried and failed to resolve the problems of Ireland, which had become his great obsession, for the last time and eventually retired from politics in 1894 and died a few years later.


Author Notes

Michael Partridge is Reader in History at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, London and researches largely in nineteenth-century Britain


Table of Contents

List of platesp. VI
Prefacep. VII
Chronologyp. VIII
Introductionp. 1
1 Early life and career, 1809-1834p. 15
2 The Peelite, 1834-1852p. 39
3 The rise to power, 1853-1868p. 72
4 The first ministry, 1868-1874p. 107
5 Retirement and Midlothian, 1874-1880p. 142
6 The second and third ministries, 1880-1886p. 170
7 Opposition, the fourth ministry and retirement, 1886-1898p. 210
8 Conclusionp. 240
Notesp. 252
Select bibliographyp. 264
Indexp. 273