Lord Palmerston and the Empire of Trade (Library of World Biography Series)

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Lord Palmerston and the Empire of Trade is a short biography of the 19th century British statesman and prime minister who helped make England a global economic power during the Age of Imperialism. The book introduces readers to the life, times and world of Palmerston, who was one of the 19th century’s most influential figures, in order to explain how Britain prompted the spread of Western ideas and practice around the world in the last two centuries through free trade and a network of collaborating states.

Each interpretive biography in the Library of World Biography Series focuses on a person whose actions and ideas either significantly influenced world events or whose life reflects important themes and developments in global history.

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…emphasizes political history and biography while integrating it with social and cultural topics.

-Martin F. Seedorf, Eastern Washington University

Barton has employed the device of biography successfully to introduce students and the general public to themes that encapsulate 19th-century English history and events that created a world order that would last until the second world war.

-WM Roger Louis, University of Texas

…well-written, well-organized, and relevant to knowing about empire-building and understanding the theatrics and principles of what is known as compassionate conservatism in the United States today.

-Charles H. Ford, Norfolk State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321397737
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Series: Library of World Biography Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Barton

Gregory Barton received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and is currently a research fellow at Australia National University. He is a historian of British, empire and environmental history and currently serves as editor of the journal Britain and the World (Edinburgh University Press) and as an editor for the Britain and the World book series (Palgrave Macmillan).

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Table of Contents

Editor’s Preface

Author’s Preface

MAP The British Empire in 1872

Introduction

CHAPTER 1 PALMERSTON’S ENGLAND

The Industrial Revolution

Corn Laws

Free Trade

Reform

Science, Secularization, and Religion

Gender Roles

The Arts

CHAPTER 2 THE PEOPLE’S ARISTOCRAT

Family Life

School Life

The Ideas of Adam Smith

Parliament

Secretary at War

Catholic Emancipation

The Napoleonic Wars

CHAPTER 3 PALMERSTON THE CANNINGITE

The Wellington Ministry

The Ministry of Lord Grey

Foreign Secretary

Reform

The Limits of Power

Revolutions of 1848

Informal Empire and Free Trade

Latin America

The Eastern Question

The Pacifico Affair

Africa

China

MAP The Formal British Empire in 1872

CHAPTER 4 PAINTING THE MAP RED

The Formal British Empire

The People’s Darling

The Crimean War

Prime Minister

The Anglo-Persian War of 1856

The Indian Revolt

The Mosquito

The Arrow

Marriage Law

Popularity, Style, and the Liberal Party

Civil War in the United States

CHAPTER 5 PALMERSTON AND THE WORLD BRITANNICA

Britain’s Relative Decline of Power

Death and Legacy

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