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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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Gladstone, Liberalism and the Government of 1868–1874

Gladstone, Liberalism and the Government of 1868–1874

(p.94) Gladstone, Liberalism and the Government of 1868–1874
Gladstone Centenary Essays

Jonathan Parry

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the characteristics of the first Gladstone government. It suggests a way of classifying the most significant projects pursued by Liberals between 1868 and 1874. It then explores the tensions between these different Liberal ideals, and their contribution to the difficulties that the government faced from 1871. It also suggests that these tensions were exacerbated by the continental crisis of 1870–71, which exposed the weakness of the Palmerstonian myth that Britain had an unusually blessed influence on the international scene.

Keywords:   Gladstone government, Liberals, continental crisis, Palmerston

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