Victorian England: Aspects of English and Imperial History, 1837-1901

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7


The People’s Darling

Palmerston as Prime Minister

He was a much more complicated character than tradition would allow.

SIR CHARLES WEBSTER

He prided himself on his exploits in Europe, but it is by his instincts in England that he will be remembered.

WALTER BAGEHOT

He was plucky and Palmerston to the last.

LORD CLARENDON

The origins of the Whig-Peelite coalition presided over by Aberdeen from 1852-5 may perhaps be most precisely located in an extraordinary outburst of ultra-Protestant hysteria in 1850. Ostensibly, this was occasioned by a papal brief issued in that year by Pius IX, re-establishing the Roman hierarchy in England for the first time since the death of Mary Tudor. The effect would be to divide England into dioceses each with a bishop with a territorial title, and to create over them a Catholic archbishop of Westminster. The first archbishop-designate of Westminster, Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman, at once injudiciously published from Rome a florid pastoral letter ‘from out of the Flaminian Gate’ in which he wrote rhetorically of the ‘restoration of Catholic England to its orbit in the ecclesiastical firmament’. This unleashed a wave of anti-Papism in England of which, in one more spectacular display of demagogic Whiggery, Russell decided to be the aristocratic chief trumpeter.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - People of the Book 4
  • 2 - Age of Steam 25
  • 3 - Disease and Drudgery 41
  • 4 - Lord John and Sir Robert 62
  • 5 - Patriotism Prevails 82
  • 6 - Lord Pumicestone 103
  • 7 - The People's Darling 124
  • 8 - Leap in the Dark 153
  • 9 - Towards a Modern State 168
  • 10 - Towards a Modern State 189
  • 11 - Beaconsfieldism and Midlothianism 206
  • 12 - Cloud in the West 232
  • 13 - The Great Depression: Fact and Fiction 262
  • 14 - Death of Liberal England 280
  • 15 - Birth of the Twentieth Century 299
  • 16 - Imperial Pre-Eminence 331
  • 17 - African Scramble 354
  • 18 - A Clash of Empires 375
  • 19 - Recessional 397
  • 20 - New Ways for Old 416
  • 21 - Queen and Mother 435
  • Index 463
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