Age of Disraeli, 1868-1881: The Rise of Tory Democracy

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The Conservative party has proved to be the most successful political party in Britain since Disraeli's Reform Act of 1867 established a 'democratic' franchise in the boroughs. Yet Disraeli's attempts to reconcile the elements of what later became known as 'Tory Democracy' was judged by most Conservatives at the time to be risky, and by some to be a disastrous betrayal of Conservatism. One of the latter, Lord Salisbury, bemusedly remarked in 1897 on the 'very strange history' of the Conservative party's survival ...
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The Conservative party has proved to be the most successful political party in Britain since Disraeli's Reform Act of 1867 established a 'democratic' franchise in the boroughs. Yet Disraeli's attempts to reconcile the elements of what later became known as 'Tory Democracy' was judged by most Conservatives at the time to be risky, and by some to be a disastrous betrayal of Conservatism. One of the latter, Lord Salisbury, bemusedly remarked in 1897 on the 'very strange history' of the Conservative party's survival and increasing political prosperity in the later nineteenth century. This latest addition to the History of the Conservative Party is an attempt to write the first part of that 'very strange history'. (Richard Shannon is now at work on a sequel to the present volume taking the story through the Salisbury years to 1902.). The Age of Disraeli is a rich and detailed study of the processes by which, through a curious combination of design and accident, the Conservative party managed to adapt to these new circumstances and accomodate [sic] the new interests that would secure its future fortunes. In particular, Richard Shannon shows how, behind Disraeli's vain attempt to preserve aristocratic politics in an age of popular franchise, the 'villa', or suburban, Conservatism was begining [sic] to take shape, that would carry the party triumphantly into the new era. This is a major contribution to nineteenth-century political studies. As such it will be necessary reading for scholars and students of Victorian Britain; but it will also richly reward the general reader seriously interested in the origins of the modern political scene.
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Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Prologue: The name and nature of Tory Democracy 1
Pt. I From Derby to Disraeli, 1868
Ch. 1 'Re-establishing Toryism on a national foundation'
Challenging the Liberal borough monopoly 10
Precariously founding the National Union 15
Ch. 2 Conducting government on sufferance
Smuggling Disraeli into the leadership 29
The urgency of the case of Ireland 34
Ch. 3 The election of 1868
A great Protestant struggle 52
'Unfortunately there is no chivalrous feeling among the middle classes with regard to the Irish Church' 60
'Our men seem to be running away' 73
Pt. II The Making of Disraelian Conservatism, 1869-74
Ch. 4 Disraeli's uncertain leadership, 1869-72
'The utmost reserve and quietness' 84
Looking forward to Gladstone becoming useless to the Radicals 93
The New Social Alliance 107
The Burghley House gathering 111
Ch. 5 Arts of management, 1869-73
Gorst replaces Spofforth 118
Ramifications: the press; Lancashire 127
Ch. 6 Better times, 1872-3
Manchester and Crystal Palace 134
New and unaccustomed political prosperity 143
Ch. 7 Toryism re-established, 1873-4
In sight of the promised land 158
Conservative reaction: crossing over Jordan 172
Pt. III Disraeli's High Years, 1874-8
Ch. 8 Resuming where Lord Palmerston left off
Attachment to aristocratic government 188
Putting down Ritualism 199
Ch. 9 'More than one useful measure of domestic reform'
Suet pudding and ambrosia 211
Difficulties: shipping, tenant farmers, education 216
Ch. 10 Places, honours, careers
The laws of patronage 223
Honours: lieutenancies and great Court orders 243
Peerages 249
Privy-councillorships 256
Baronetcies and knighthoods 257
Ch. 11 Maintaining the empire of England
Re-equipping the party with a foreign policy 268
The cyclone out of Bulgaria 279
Questions of war and peace 294
Peace with honour 303
Pt. IV The Undoing of Disraelian Conservatism, 1878-81
Ch. 12 At home: 'a complication of disastrous influences'
To dissolve or not to dissolve 314
Domestic inactivity 317
Party management and public opinion 321
The party and the Great Depression 332
Ch. 13 Abroad: 'Certainly the world is out of joint'
Free scope for men in the field 347
Salisbury at the Foreign Office 350
South Africa and Afghanistan 354
Ch. 14 The election of 1880: Toryism disestablished
Augurs and entrails 362
'Infernal luck and no mistake' 369
Ch. 15 Disraeli's last year, 1880-1
'Still placing at their service all the advice he could afford' 388
In the shadow of defeat 394
Disraeli's last stand: 'we can but die like gentlemen' 405
Epilogue 1881: 'What is it that lies before us?' 416
Index 423
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