Gladstone Centenary Essays by David Bebbington

By David Bebbington

W. E. Gladstone towers over the politics of the 19th century. he's identified for his rules of economic rectitude, his campaigns to settle the Irish query and his championship of the rights of small countries. He continues to be the one British leading Minister to have served for 4 separate phrases. In 1998 a world convention at Chester collage introduced jointly Gladstone students to mark the centenary of his dying, and plenty of of the papers provided on that party are released during this quantity. protecting the total of the statesman’s lengthy political existence from the 1st Reform Act to the decade of the 19th century, they vary over subject matters as assorted as parliamentary reform and loose alternate, Gladstone’s English Nonconformist supporters and his Irish Unionist rivals. A choose bibliography, prepared by way of topic, offers assistance for additional study. the gathering types a tribute, appreciative yet severe, to the Grand outdated guy of British politics.

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His agitation is understandable. He was cognisant of his reputation as a ‘coming man’. He also knew how far his ideas challenged conventional political as well as theological wisdom. Along with that intellectual self-confidence which bordered on arrogance went considerable personal vulnerability and insecurity. Despite the strong 38 Gladstone Centenary Essays early impression he had made on Peel and other Conservative leaders, he remained an inexperienced politician who had launched a controversial publication before his political position was secure.

The result was two treatises: The State in its Relations with the Church (1838) and the less well-known Church Principles Considered in their Results (1840). 26 Here it is necessary only to consider their effects on Gladstone’s development as a politician and, particularly, on his relationship with Peel. Gladstone was aware that his own religious priorities could alienate Peel. To friends of like religious mind, he indicated that Peel’s literally mundane politics militated against the kind of action they wished to encourage.

70–71. , pp. 72–73. 40 [J. H. Newman], Thoughts on the Ministerial Commission, London, Rivingtons, 1833; [J. H. Newman], The Catholic Church, London, Rivingtons, 1833. 41 D. Newsome, The Parting of Friends: The Wilberforces and Henry Manning, London, John Murray, 1966, p. 173. 42 ‘Dr Chalmers and the Scotch Church’, British Critic, Vol. 18, 1835, p. 453. 43 P. Nockles, ‘“Our Brethren in the North’’: The Scottish Episcopal Church and the Oxford Movement’, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 47, 1996, pp.

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