The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby: Volume II: Achievement, 1851-1869 pdf epub fb2

The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby: Volume II: Achievement, 1851-1869 by Angus Hawkins pdf epub fb2

The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby: Volume II: Achievement, 1851-1869 Author: Angus Hawkins
Title: The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby: Volume II: Achievement, 1851-1869
ISBN: 0199605149
ISBN13: 978-0199605149
Other Formats: docx mbr txt azw
Pages: 566 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (February 4, 2011)
Language: English
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Size PDF version: 1425 kb
Size EPUB version: 1598 kb
Subcategory: Historical




Lord Derby was the first British statesman to become prime minister three times. He remains the longest serving party leader in modern British politics, heading the Conservative party for twenty-two years from 1846 to 1868. He abolished slavery in the British Empire, established a national system of education in Ireland, was a prominent advocate for the 1832 Reform Act and, as prime minister, oversaw the introduction of the Second Reform Act in 1867. Yet no biography of Derby, based upon his papers and correspondence, has previously been published. Alone of all Britain's premiers, Derby has never received a full scholarly study examining his policies, personality, and beliefs. Largely airbrushed out of our received view of Victorian politics, Derby has become the forgotten prime minister. This ground-breaking biography, based upon Derby's own papers and extensive archive, as well as recently discovered sources, fills this striking gap. It completely revises the conventional portrait of Derby as a dull and apathetic politician, revealing him as a complex, astute, influential, and significant figure, who had a profound effect on the politics and society of his time. As Hawkins shows, far from being an uninterested dilettante, Derby played an instrumental role in directing Britain's path through the historic opportunities and challenges confronting the nation at a time of increasing political participation, industrial pre-eminence, urban growth, colonial expansion, religious controversy, and Irish tragedy. This book is likely not only to change our view of Derby himself but also fundamentally to affect our understanding of nineteenth century British party politics, the history of the Conservative party, and the nature of public life in the Victorian age in general, including some of its foremost figures, such as Robert Peel, Lord John Russell, Lord Palmerston, William Gladstone, and Benjamin Disraeli. Volume II opens with Derby's first period as prime minister in 1852 and takes us through to his death in 1869.