Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer, and Politics

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Overview

William Ewart Gladstone, four times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under Queen Victoria, was not only the most celebrated British statesman of his day but also a respected theologian and a dedicated scholar of the ancient Greek poet Homer. By examining the development of his ideas, this book reveals that his political thought as leader of the Liberal party intertwined with his religion and classical scholarship.

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"[A] remarkable book that effectively reveals both the complexity and unity of what came to be known as Gladstonian Liberalism....This stimulating and thought-provoking book will undoubtedly become essential reading not only for historians of Gladstone and his politics, but for anyone interested in late Victorian thought. Essential."—CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199267651
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Stirling
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Foundations of Gladstonian Conservatism
2. The Emergence of Church Principles
3. The Religion of the Incarnation
4. Development of Broad Church Sympathies
5. The Study of Homer
6. The Olympian Religion
7. The Battle of Belief
8. The Nature of Gladstonian Liberalism
Conclusion

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