Gladstone and Disraeli - Reform and Rivalry

Social Reform


In this podcast Professor Eric Evans discusses the relationship and rivalry between Gladstone and Disraeli and their reforms.

1. The rivalry and antipathy between Gladstone and Disraeli.
2. Conservative and Liberal differences.
3. Commitment to reform - how significant were Gladstone's reforms?
4. Public Health Act, the Licensing Act and the downfall of the Gladstone government.
5. Disraeli 1874 - building on Gladstone's legislation. Was Disraeli genuinely a social reformer?
6. The legalising of Trade Unions, Housing Acts and new Education Act.
7. The Balkan Crisis.

Suggested Reading:

R.Aldous, The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone versus Disraeli (Pimlico Press, London, 2007)

E.Biagini, Gladstone (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2000)

H.G.C.Matthew, Gladstone, 1809-1898 (Clarendon, Oxford, 1998)

E.Feuchtwanger, Disraeli (Hodder Headline, London, 2000)

T.A.Jenkins, Parliament, Party and Politics in Victorian Britain (Manchester University Press, 1996)

Eric J.Evans, The Shaping of Modern Britain: Identity, Industry and Empire, 1780-1914 (Pearson Education, Harlow, 2011



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