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Gladstone Centenary Essays$
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David Bebbington and Roger Swift

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313202

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‘Carving the Last Few Columns out of the Gladstonian Quarry’: The Liberal Leaders and the Mantle of Gladstone, 1898–1929

‘Carving the Last Few Columns out of the Gladstonian Quarry’: The Liberal Leaders and the Mantle of Gladstone, 1898–1929

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(p.243) ‘Carving the Last Few Columns out of the Gladstonian Quarry’: The Liberal Leaders and the Mantle of Gladstone, 1898–1929
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Gladstone Centenary Essays
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Chris Wrigley

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239253.003.0013

This chapter examines the invocation of Gladstone's name in Liberal politics during the 30 years after his death. For a period after 1898 Gladstone was revered by Liberals as the great Christian statesman who towered morally over his contemporaries. After the Liberal Unionist split of 1886, the Liberal party had greater cohesion around the person of Gladstone and the issue of home rule. For some years after May 1898 the appeal to his name was often an appeal for Liberal unity and concentration on great Liberal issues. After 1918, the appeal to the memory of Gladstone by Asquithians could be to old established principles, while Lloyd George and his supporters were more ambivalent between 1918 and 1922, using his name for justification where it suited them but otherwise intimating that it represented a clinging to now outdated policies.

Keywords:   Liberal politics, Liberal party, home rule, Asquithians, Lloyd George

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