Selected Writings of Lord Acton: In Three Volumes


A major resource for academic readers—a collection like this has been needed for very many years—but also a work that will be useful for general readers concerned with some of the seminal ideals of modern Western culture.

—Edward Norman, Cambridge University

Lord Acton was among the most illustrious historians of nineteenth-century England, a man of great learning with a deep devotion to individual liberty and a profound understanding of ...

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A major resource for academic readers—a collection like this has been needed for very many years—but also a work that will be useful for general readers concerned with some of the seminal ideals of modern Western culture.

—Edward Norman, Cambridge University

Lord Acton was among the most illustrious historians of nineteenth-century England, a man of great learning with a deep devotion to individual liberty and a profound understanding of history. Liberty Fund is proud to offer the most complete collection of Acton essays ever published.

Rufus Fears has taught classical history at Indiana University, Boston University, and the University of Oklahoma.

Essays in Religion, Politics, and Morality
Essays in the History of Liberty
Essays in the Study and Writing of History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865973305
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1988
  • Series: Selected Writings of Lord Acton
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1911
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 4.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Biographical Note IX
Foreword XI
The Essays in This Volume XIX
List of Abbreviations XXVIII S E C T I O N I
The History of Liberty
1 The History of Freedom in Antiquity 5
2 The History of Freedom in Christianity 29
3 Sir Erskine May’s Democracy in Europe 54 S E C T I O N I I
The Anglo-American Tradition of Liberty
4 The Puritan Revolution 89
5 The Rise of the Whigs 98
6 The English Revolution 109
7 The Hanoverian Settlement 120
8 Review of Bisset’s History of the Commonwealth of England 131
9 Review of Macknight’s Life and Times of Edmund Burke 135
10 Review of Thomas Arnold’s Manual of English Literature 141
11 Review of Knight’s Popular History of England 147
12 Review of Frederick Arnold’s Public Life of Lord Macaulay 151
13 Review of Yonge’s Life of the Second Earl of Liverpool 156
14 The Queen’s Journal 158
15 Review of Bright’s History of England 62
16 Colonies 177
17 The American Revolution 189
18 The Influence of America 198
19 Review of Riethmüller’s Alexander Hamilton and his Contemporaries 213
20 Political Causes of the American Revolution 216
21 The Civil War in America: Its Place in History 263
22 Reports on the Civil War in America 280
23 Acton–Lee Correspondence 361
24 Review of Hudson’s Second War of Independence in America 368
25 Review of Blankenburg’s Die innern Kampfe der nordamerikanischen Union 372
26 Review of Sander’s Geschichte des vierjahrigen Bürgerkrieges 374
27 Selections from Acton’s Diary of His Trip to America in 1853 377
28 Review of The New American Cyclopedia 389
29 Review of Bryce’s American Commonwealth 395 S E C T I O N I I I
Liberty and the Modern Nation-State
30 Nationality 409
31 Cavour 434
32 Report on Current Events, January 1862 459
33 Report on Current Events, May 1862—Prussia 467
34 Report on Current Events, July 1860 478
35 “Bureaucracy” by Richard Simpson 518 Index 531

Biographical Note ix
The Essays in This Volume xi
Editor’s Note xxii
List of Abbreviations xxiv 1 Review of Poirson’s Histoire du Régne de Henri IV 3
2 Review of Philp’s History of Progress in Great Britain 31
3 Review of Chéruel’s Marie Stuart et Catherine de Médicis 34
4 Expectation of the French Revolution 38
5 Review of Carlyle’s Friedrich II 63
6 Mr. Goldwin Smith’s Irish History 67
7 The Protestant Theory of Persecution 98
8 Secret History of Charles II 132
9 Review of Gardiner’s History of England, 1603–1616 163
10 Ranke 165
11 The Rise and Fall of the Mexican Empire 173
12 The Massacre of St. Bartholomew 198
13 The Borgias and Their Latest Historian 241
14 Wolsey and the Divorce of Henry VIII 259
15 Review of Döllinger’s Geschichte des Concils von Trent 312
16 Review of the Spanish Calendar 320
17 German Schools of History 325
18 Review of Creighton’s History of the Papacy 365
19 Acton-Creighton Correspondence 378
20 Review of Lea’s History of the Inquisition 392
21 Döllinger’s Historical Work 412
22 Talleyrand’s Memoirs 462
23 Introduction to Burd’s Edition of 1l Principe by Machiavelli 479
24 Review of Flint’s Historical Philosophy 496
25 The Study of History 504 Index 553

Biographical Note x
The Essays in This Volume xi
Editor’s Note liv
List of Abbreviations lvii SECTION I
Essays in Liberal Catholicism
1 Review of Félix’s Le Progrés par le Christianisme 5
2 The Count de Montalembert 9
3 Political Thoughts on the Church 17
4 The Catholic Press 37
5 The Catholic Academy 55
6 Dölinger on the Temporal Power 67
7 Cardinal Wiseman and The Home and Foreign Review 128
8 Ultramontanism 149
9 The Munich Congress 195
10 Conflicts with Rome 234 SECTION II
Acton and the Vatican Council
11 The Next General Council 263
12 Essays in Academic Literature 269
13 The Pope and the Council 280
14 The Vatican Council 290
15 The Vatican Council: Correspondence with William Ewart Gladstone 339
16 Lord Acton on the Roman Question 355
17 Letters to the Editor of the Times 363
18 Review of Friedrich’s Geschichte des Vatikanischen Konzils 385 SECTION III
Perspectives on History, Religion, and Morality
19 Human Sacrifice 395
20 Buckle’s Philosophy of History 443
21 Review of Cross’s George Eliot’s Life 460 SECTION IV
Selections from the Acton Legacy
Liberty 489
Conscience 502
The State 509
Power 519
Antiquity 522
The Middle Ages 527
The Renaissance 531
Machiavelli 533
Whigs 534
Burke 539
Liberalism and Conservatism 542
Democracy 549
Federalism 558
Nationality 560
Socialism 561
Politics 564
Party 565
Public Opinion 569
Military Service 571
Property 572
Truth 573
Poverty 574
Political Thought 576
Political Economy 579
England and English Institutions 582
America 588
Prussia and Germany 597
France 600
Church 602
History 620
Ideas as Historical Forces 643
The Ethics of Public Life 648
Acton on Himself 657
Acton and Dölinger 665
The Cambridge Modern History 675 Index 687

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