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Time periods: 1830-1859
A Whig government passed the Great Reform Act of 1832, opening a century of gradual extension of the right to vote. With the growing middle classes and industrial regions now represented in Parliament, free trade steadily became the issue which defined Victorian politics. The repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 broke up the Conservative Party and eventually led to the combination of Whigs, Radicals and free-trade Peelites in 1859 to form the Liberal Party.

History (9)
Biographies (11)
Journals (1)
Journal articles (24)
Events (7)
Archives: libraries (1)
Archives: individuals (1)
PhD theses (26)
Research (2)

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History
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A concise history of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrats are the successors to two important reformist traditions in British politics - those of liberalism and of social democracy, which became separated from each other in the early p...

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Macaulay on the lessons of the English Revolution

The History of England from the Accession of James the Second (5 vol., 1849 61) ...

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Nonconformists

The Nonconformists were members of several Protestant groups outside the Church of England. They included in their ranks the Old Dissenters, denominations that went back to the seventeenth century. T...

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Popular Radicalism

'Popular radicalism' embraced a range of causes and beliefs in nineteenth-century Britain. For most readers, it relates to agitation outside parliament to secure a democratic franchise on t...

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The Age of Russell and Palmerston , 1846-1868

The collapse of Sir Robert Peel's Conservative government, following the 1846 repeal of the Corn Laws, began a complex re-arrangement of British political parties; one that took more than a deca...

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The Liberals and Ireland since 1801

Underneath the surface of this [Irish question], and wrapped up in it, are nearly all the controversies of principle which will agitate the political atmosphere of our time. It is a microcosm of the ...

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William IVs dismissal of the Whig administration in 1834

William IV's dismissal of Lord Melbourne's Whig government in November 1834 was the last time a British monarch tried to assert political authority by bringing down a government that had ma...

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Cobden on the repeal of the Corn Laws

Richard Cobden (1804-65) spearheaded the crusade for free trade, which remained a central plank of Liberalism across the ages. ...

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Great Liberals

John Stuart Mill chosen as greatest British Liberal ...

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Biographies
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Biography of MP William Ewart Gladstone


Gladstone, William Ewart

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Biography of 2nd Earl Grey Charles Grey


Grey, Charles (Earl Grey)

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Biography of Marquess of MP; 8th Duke of Devonshire Hartington


Hartington, Marquess of (Duke of Devonshire)

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Biography of MP; 3rd Viscount Palmerston Henry John Temple


Palmerston, Viscount (Henry John Temple)

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Biography of Lord MP; 1st Earl Russell John Russell


Russell, Lord John

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Biography of Jeremy Bentham


Bentham, Jeremy

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Biography of MP Joseph Hume


Hume, Joseph

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Biography of John Stuart Mill


Mill, John Stuart

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Biography of MP; 2nd Viscount Melbourne William Lamb


Melbourne, Viscount (William Lamb)

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Biography of 4th Earl of Aberdeen George Hamilton-Gordon


Aberdeen, Earl of (George Hamilton-Gordon)

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Biography of MP William Ewart Gladstone


Gladstone, William Ewart

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Journal
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Journal of Liberal Democrat History 20 - Special issue: William Ewart Gladstone 1809-98

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Autumn, 1998

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Journal articles
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William Ewart Gladstone: A bicentenary perspective

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 75 ')


Gladstone's connections with Nottinghamshire explored.

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Report: The repeal of the Corn Laws

(from journal ' Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter 12 ')


Report LDHG meeting of February 1996, with Professor John Vincent.

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Dishing the Whigs in Winchester

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 53 ')


The impact of electoral reform in the nineteenth century on elections in Winchester.

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John Stuart Mill's 'On Liberty' 150 years later

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 64 ')


An analysis of the most well-known work of the greatest of the Victorian Liberal philosophers, published 150 years ago this year, and an assessment of its relevance to 2009.

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Out of Chartism, into Liberalism?

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 67 - Special issue: Liberals and the left ')


Popular radicals and the Liberal Party in mid-Victorian Britain.

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Origins of the party

(from journal ' Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter 4 ')


Review of John Vincent, The Formation of the British Liberal Party 1857-68

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The high summer of Victorian Liberalism

(from journal ' Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter 5 ')


Review of Ian Bradley, The Optimists

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Gladstone and the great Irish famine

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 81 ')


An exploration of Gladstone's reaction to the Great Famine, some two decades before his first premiership.

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The strange death of Liberal Birmingham

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 82 ')


An analysis of the decline of Liberalism in nineteenth-century Birmingham.

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The Decline of British Radicalism 1847-1860

(from journal ' Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter 11 ')


Review of Miles Taylor: The Decline of British Radicalism 1847-1860.

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Victorian Liberals

(from journal ' Liberal Democrat History Group Newsletter 3 ')


Review of Jonathan Parry, The Rise and Fall of Liberal Government in Victorian Britain

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George Jacob Holyoake

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 67 - Special issue: Liberals and the left ')


Examination of how the life of Holyoake exemplified the development of popular Liberalism.

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The 'member for Scotland'

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 69 ')


Duncan McLaren (1800-86) and the Liberal dominance of Victorian Scotland; by Willis Pickard.

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Greatest of the Liberal philosophers

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 60 ')


Review of Richard Reeves, John Stuart Mill, Victorian Firebrand.

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You don't have to be mad to work there, but ...

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 82 ')


Review of J. B. Williams, Worsted to Westminster: The Extraordinary Life of Rev. Dr Charles Leach MP (Darcy Press, 2009)

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Report: The Great Reform Act of 1832 - its legacy and influence on the Coalition's reform agenda

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 70 ')


Report of meeting of January 2011, with Philip Salmon and Mark Pack.

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Comprehensive Liberal history

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 73 ')


Review of Robert Ingham and Duncan Brack (eds.), Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 16792011.

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Promoting progress everywhere

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 59 ')


Review of Jonathan Parry, The Politics of Patriotism: English Liberalism, National Identity and Europe 1830-1886.

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Scottish Liberal

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 78 ')


Review of Willis Pickard, The Member for Scotland: A Life of Duncan McLaren (John Donald, 2011)

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Views of Peel

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 80 ')


Review of Richard A. Gaunt, Sir Robert Peel: The Life and Legacy (I. B. Tauris, 2010).

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Vacillating statesman

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 55 ')


Review of Arthur Aspinall, Lord Brougham and the Whig Party

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Secular intellectuals

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 73 ')


Review of William C. Lubenow, Liberal Intellectuals and Public Culture in Modern Britain, 1815-1914: Making Words Flesh.

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Liberals in Ulster

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 79 ')


Review of Gerald R. Hall, Ulster Liberalism 1778-1876 (Four Courts Press, 2011).

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Archive: Palmerston - Hartley Library

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 64 ')


Palmerston's papers at the Hartley Library, University of Southampton

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Events
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Peace, Reform and Liberation: launch of new Liberal history book

Monday 19 September 2011

Peace, Reform and Liberation is a comprehensive history of Liberal politics in Britain.
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Riding the tiger - the Liberal experience of coalition governments

Saturday 26 March 2011

A one day seminar organised by the Archives Division of the London School of Economics, the British Liberal Political Studies Group and the Journal of Liberal History.
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The Great Reform Act of 1832: its legacy and influence on the Coalitions reform agenda

Monday 24 January 2011

Soon after becoming Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg promised "the most significant programmes of reform by a British government since the 19th century.... the biggest shake-up of our democracy...

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A celebration and exploration of aspects of the life, career and thought of John Stuart Mill

Saturday 14 November 2009

In 1859, the philosopher and leading liberal theorist of Victorian Britain, John Stuart Mill, published his most important and enduring work On Liberty. In this essay Mill set out the principle, sti...

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The strange birth of Liberal England

Monday 20 July 2009

One hundred and fifty years ago, on the 6 June 1859, at Willis Rooms in St James, Westminster, Radical, Peelite and Whig Members of Parliament met to formalise their Parliamentary coalition to oust t...

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Civil liberties in war and peace

Monday 24 January 2005

Law and order has long been a major issue in British politics.
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The Repeal of the Corn Laws

Wednesday 14 February 1996

The repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 split the Tories for a generation, laid the foundations of the Victorian Liberal Party and ushered in nearly a century of free trade orthodoxy in economic policy. ...

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Archives: libraries
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Hull University Archives

The University of Hull's Brynmor Jones Library (BJL) has been collecting political archives and manuscripts ever since the foundation of the university, initially ...
archive url: http://www.hull.ac.uk/arc/
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Archives: individuals
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Temple, Henry John (third Viscount Palmerston)

Palmerston's papers at the Hartley Library, University of Southampton ...

archive url: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/archives/
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PhD theses
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Aspects of Sheffield Liberalism, 1849-86


Sheffield Ph.D. , 1972

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Chartism and liberalism: popular politics in Leicestershire, 1842-74


Manchester Ph.D. , 1991

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Electoral politics in Berwick-upon-Tweed, 1832-85

Supervisor - Mr. Alan J. Heesom

Durham, M.Phil , 2002

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Gladstone and Liberalism: the political development of W.E. Gladstone, 1845-59


Leicester Ph.D. , 1981

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Gladstone's policy towards the Colonies, 1835-1855


Oxford B.Litt. , 1977

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Ideas of the Liberal Party: perception, agendas, and liberal politics in the House of Commons, 1832-1852

Suprevisors - Dr. John Stevenson and Professor David S. Eastwood

Oxford D.Phil , 1998

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John Stuart Mill and freedom of expression

Supervisor - Professor Fred Rosen

London, Ph.D , 2000

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John Stuart Mill and male support for the Victorian women's movement

Supervisor - Professor John W. Burrow

Oxford, D.Phil , 1996

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John Stuart Mill, George Jacob Holyoake and the 'social question': themes of continuity in mid 19th-century radicalism and socialism

Supervisor - Dr. Gareth Stedman Jones

Cambridge, Ph.D , 1996

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Politics in the West Riding of Yorkshire in the age of reform, 1830-40

Supervisor - Professor W.A. Speck

Leeds, Ph.D , 1995

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Radicalism and reform in Burnley, 1842-70

Supervisor - Dr. Iorwerth J. Prothero

Manchester, Ph.D , 1997

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Real Liberals and Conservatives in the City of London, 1848-86

Supervisors - Mr. A. William Purdue and Mr. John M. Golby

Open University, Ph.D , 1997

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Richard Cobden and the intellectual development and influence of the Manchester School of Economics


Manchester Ph.D. , 1976

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Shopkeepers and gentlemen: the liberal politics of early Victorian London.

Supervisor - Dr. Peter Mandler

Cambridge, Ph.D , 2005

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Sir Jerom Murch: case study of a Unitarian liberal and his impact on the Bath community, 1833-95

Supervisor - Dr. David Brooke

Bath, Ph.D , 1996

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The emergence of Liberal Anglican politics: the Whigs and the Church, 1830-41


Oxford D.Phil. , 1985

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The formation of the Liberal Party, 1857-68


Cambridge Ph.D. , 1962

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The intellectual duke: George Douglas Campbell, 8th duke of Argyll, 1823-1900


Edinburgh University , 2006

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The inter-change between political ideas and events in Britain from the Great Reform Act of 1832 to 1870

Supervisor - Dr. I.J. Prothero

Manchester, Ph.D , 1995

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The Liberal Party in Scotland, 1843-1868: electoral politics and party development

Supervisor - Dr John F McCaffery

Glasgow, Ph.D. , 1996

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The Liberal Party on Merseyside in the 19th century


Liverpool Ph.D. , 1968

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The Liberal Press and the rise of Labour: a study, with particular reference to Leeds and Bradford, 1850-1895


Leeds Ph.D. , 1974

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The National Reform Union and the Reform League: a comparative analysis

Supervisor - Dr. David Nicholls

Manchester Metropolitan, Ph.D , 1997

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The personal religious life and development of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1832)


Leeds Ph.D. , 1987

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The religious ideas and attitudes of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1859)


Oxford D.Phil. , 1977

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The survival of the British Liberal Party, 1932-59


Oxford D.Phil. , 1990

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Research
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Letters of Richard Cobden (1804-65)

Knowledge of the whereabouts of any letters written by Cobden in private hands, autograph collections, and obscure locations in the UK and abroad for a complete edition of his letters.
(For further details of the Cobden Letters Project, please see www.uea.ac.uk/his/research/cobdenproject)

Dr Anthony Howe

Contact: School of History, University of East
Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ; a.c.howe@uea.ac.uk.

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The political career of Edward Strutt, 1st Baron Belper

Strutt was Whig/Liberal MP for Derby (1830-49), later Arundel and Nottingham; in 1856 he was created Lord Belper and built Kingston Hall (1842-46) in the village of Kingston-on-Soar, Notts. He was a friend of Jeremy Bentham and a supporter of free trade and reform, and held government office as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Commissioner of Railways. Any information, location of papers or references welcome.

Brian Smith

Contact: brian63@inbox.com

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