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A Life of Sir John Eldon Gorst : Disraeli's Awkward Disciple - Archie Hunter

A Life of Sir John Eldon Gorst

Disraeli's Awkward Disciple

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Published: 1st September 2001
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This is the first book to tell the story of one of the most contentious figures in Victorian and Edwardian politics: that of the independent-minded and exceptionally able Conservative politician, Sir John Eldon Gorst. As a young man, Gorst spent three and a half turbulent years in New Zealand at the time of the Maori wars, before returning and being called to the Bar. However, before he could properly establish his law practice, Gorst was distracted by the lure of politics, which would be his lifelong passion. He became a Conservative MP in 1866, and was thereafter in the House of Commons on and off for 32 years, where he acquired a reputation as a notable parliamentarian, being described by some as second only to Joseph Chamberlain as a debater. Gorst vigorously promoted his ideas, sometimes to the dismay of his colleagues. Provocatively, when he was no longer an MP, Gorst dedicated a book to "The Labour Members of the House of Commons". Gorst ended his political life, aged 75, as a Liberalcandidate at the 1910 election. He would, however, live to see many of the social reforms he had tirelessly advocated from within the Tory Party implemented by Asquith's Liberal government.

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Forewordp. ix
Series Editor's Prefacep. xii
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xiv
List of Abbreviationsp. xviii
Mapsp. xix
Youthp. 1
Mutiny on the Red Jacketp. 9
The Maori King Movementp. 19
On Government Servicep. 36
Expulsion from the Waikatop. 50
The Lure of Politicsp. 62
Summoned by Disraelip. 80
Back in Parliamentp. 92
The Mysterious Death of Charles Bravop. 108
Enter Lord Randolph Churchillp. 119
The Fourth Party: Heydayp. 133
The Fourth Party: Bid for Powerp. 145
Interlude in Indiap. 157
Exit the Fourth Partyp. 167
Ministerial Office at Lastp. 179
The Manipur Massacre and Lord Salisbury's Rebukep. 187
Social Reformerp. 199
Education: The Confusionp. 213
Education: Remedies and Peoplep. 225
The Children's Championp. 245
Return to New Zealandp. 264
Fighting Prestonp. 272
Epiloguep. 279
Bibliographyp. 289
Sourcesp. 293
Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780714651804
ISBN-10: 071465180X
Series: Cass Series on Soviet (Russian) Military Institutions,
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 1st September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1