Gladstone, Whiggery, and the Liberal Party 1874-1886

Author(s): 
Jenkins, T.A.
ISBN: 
019820129X
Date published: 
February 1988
Hardback
Price: 
£52.50
Pages: 
336

This reassessment of the role of the aristocratic Whigs in the Liberal Party of the 1870s and 1880s studies the largely neglected Whig leadership of Granville and Hartington (1875-80), the leadership crisis of 1879-80, and the strategies of both front and back bench Whigs following Gladstone's return to power in 1880. Traditionally the Whigs have been dismissed as a recalcitrant and increasingly marginal element in an age characterized by `Gladstonian' Liberalism. Dr Jenkin's aim is to restore `Whiggery' to a position of significance in Liberal politi cs and, in the process, to re-examine Gladstone's leadership and the role played by Radicals such as Joseph Chamberlain in the years leading up to the Home Rule crisis of 1886. In asserting the central importance of the Irish Question to the split in the Liberal Party, the book rejects previous interpretations of the schism as merely the result of class divisions, or the result of cynical manoeuvring for personal advantage by ambitious politicians. The book is based on the author's thesis, which has been awarded the University of Cambridge's Prince Consort Prize for 1988.

 

In this reassessment of the role of the aristocratic Whigs in the Liberal Party of the 1870`s and 1880`s, Dr Jenkin`s aim is to restore 'Whiggery' to a position of significance in Liberal politics. The book is based on the author's thesis, which has been awarded the University of Cambridge's Prince Consort Prize for 1988.

Winner of the University of Cambridge's Prince Consort Prize