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Liberty, Retrenchment and Reform : Popular Liberalism in the Age of Gladstone, 1860-1880 - Eugenio F. Biagini

Liberty, Retrenchment and Reform

Popular Liberalism in the Age of Gladstone, 1860-1880

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Published: 3rd May 2004
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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 suport for the Liberal party was not irrational in either its objectives or its motivations: on the contrary, its dissemination was due to the fact that the programme of reforms proposed by the party leaders offered convincing solutions to some of the problems perceived as being the most urgent at the time. This is a revealing, innovative synthesis of the history of popular support for the Liberal party, which emphasises the extent to which Liberalism stood in the common heritage of European and American democracy.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Note on the text
Introduction
Liberty and Retrenchment
The language of popular liberalism
The social contract
The social question
Anti-clericalism
Reform
The franchise question
Parliament and community
The charismatic leader
Bibliography
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521548861
ISBN-10: 0521548861
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 3rd May 2004
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.24  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.74