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Disraeli : Reputations - Edgar Feuchtwanger

Paperback Published: 28th April 2000
ISBN: 9780340719107
Number Of Pages: 260

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An adventurer and charlatan? A clever rogue? Or perspicacious politician, founder of the modern British Conservative party? These different characterizations have all had their supporters: Disraeli rarely inspired indifference from his contemporaries, and later commentators have often mirrored these divergent evaluations.
By the time he at last became Prime Minister, in 1874, he was no longer the exotic, dandified figure who nearly forty years earlier had obtained protection from his creditors by the simple expedient of election to a seat in the House of Commons. But he was still a one-of-a-kind figure in Westminster politics, favorite of his monarch but distrusted or disliked by most of the members of his party.
Disraeli was a novelist as well as a politician, and he showed in his political life a novelist's command of the potent image and pregnant phrase. His speeches and writings remain memorable and influential. But any icon is open to manipulation and selective understanding, and Disraeli in particular has been claimed as a spiritual ancestor by an exceptionally diverse group of conservatives.
Edgar Feuchtwanger's lively new study does justice to Disraeli's controversial life and ambiguous political legacy, providing a portrait of one of the great personalities of the age as well as shedding light on key political developments of Victorian Britain.

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"This is a most useful biography designed for readers who have a decent background in 19th-century English politics."--"CHOICE" "An admirably concise and thought-provoking biography...I thoroughly enjoyed this book."--"History Review: The Journal for History Students "
"Guides reader(s) skilfully through the famous milestones. This is a most elegantly written and intellectually engrossing study of a major figure of natural interest."--Association of Jewish Refugees

Genius and man about town 1804-1837
Politics and domesticity 1837-1841
Young England 1841-1845
Into the lead 1845-1849
Towards office 1849-1852
A long haul 1853-1859
Frustration and triumph 1859-1868
Up and down the greasy pole 1868-1874
Apotheosis 1874-1878p. 1
Anticlimax 1878-1881p. 1
Afterlife: the rise of the Disraeli myth
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ISBN: 9780340719107
ISBN-10: 0340719109
Series: Reputations
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 28th April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.1  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1

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