Disraeli and the Art of Victorian Politics

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Anthem Press, Nov 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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This book is a comprehensive review of the political career of Benjamin Disraeli, providing a thorough critical analysis of one of the most ambitious and controversial leaders in British history. 'Disraeli and the Art of Victorian Politics' explores the political journey of a man propelled by a tremendous and sometimes all consuming self-belief.

This study discusses Disraeli's driving ideology and the extent to which he was able to stay true to these ideals in the face of fierce opposition during his six-year Premiership. The author uniquely recreates the atmosphere of lively debate by introducing competing arguments to punctuate each chapter, a novel and effective way in which to understand the political and social context for both the student and general reader alike.

Disraeli retains a powerful presence in contemporary political discourse - whether in terms of current debates concerning the unsure direction and leadership within the Conservative Party or in more general areas of social and political life such as the role and nature of imperialism, the declining presence of the monarchy and the meaning of Judaism in British life. This updated edition will be a major addition to our understanding of the dynamics of nineteenth-century politics.

 

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Contents

The Politics of Opposition 18461866
35
The 1867 Reform
73
Disraelis Political Ideology
97
Opposition Again 18681874
131
Foreign and Imperial Policy
165
Disraeli and the Art of Politics
209
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About the author (2010)

Dr Ian St John worked with David Butler at Oxford on the 1997 Nuffield Election Study and assisted Martin Westlake in the writing of ‘Kinnock: The Biography’ (Little Brown, 2001). He has taught history at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Hertfordshire since 2000. His chief research interests are in Victorian history, in which he has published several articles including ‘Queen Victoria as a Politician’, in ‘The Historian’ (2003); ‘Disraeli’s Foreign Policy’ in ‘New Perspective’ (2003); and ‘Disraeli and Social Reform’ in ‘Modern History Review’ (2004). He has recently been engaged in studying Churchill’s attitudes towards India, contributing a chapter entitled ‘Writing to the Defence of India: Churchill’s Use of the Press in his Campaign Against Indian Reform, 1929-35’ to C Kaul (ed), ‘Media and the British Empire’ (Macmillan, 2005).

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