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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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Networking through Sound Establishments: How Gladstone Could Make Dissenting Sense

Networking through Sound Establishments: How Gladstone Could Make Dissenting Sense

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(p.133) Networking through Sound Establishments: How Gladstone Could Make Dissenting Sense
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Gladstone Centenary Essays
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Clyde Binfield

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239253.003.0008

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the parallels between the Gladstones and the Kennedys. The name ‘Gladstone’ has become synonymous with a myth which would have disturbed patriarch Sir John as much as it has perplexed posterity. The constituent parts of that myth, however, would have thrilled Sir John, for they were the houses in the country, the seats at Westminster, the offices of state, the marriage alliances, consolidated by the steady application of superior intellectual ability, which confirmed the prime position in the traditional political nation on which one hardy Liverpool merchant had set his sights. The chapter considers the extent to which the Gladstones became part of that traditional, though already changing, nation. It then suggests how they yet could be seen to represent a steadily enlarging, and therefore still changing, political nation.

Keywords:   Gladstone family, Kennedy family, political nation, Westminster, offices of state, marriage alliances, intellectual ability

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