Gladstone focuses on the public side of the statesman's life and on those aspects of his private life - such as his religious beliefs and family life - which most affected his career. Besides reflecting the current state of the debate, this study draws on the author's own work in progress on various aspects of Victorian liberalism, including political charisma and nationalism. With its thematic approach, Dr Biagini's short, clear analysis offers an exciting introduction and a flexible teaching aid, with a guide to further reading.
About the Author
EUGENIO F. BIAGINI is a University Lecturer in British History at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Robinson College, Cambridge.
Table of Contents
Introduction.- The Rising Hope.- Free Trade and Financial Reform.- Prime Minister.- The Charismatic Leader.- Foreign Policy and the Empire.- Ireland.- Epilogue.- Bibliographical Note.- References.- Index.