The Lost Prime Minister: A Life of Sir Charles Dilke

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A&C Black, 1995 M01 1 - 386 páginas
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Sir Charles Dilke's claim to a leading place in the pantheon of Victorian radicalism, with Cobden, Bright and Chamberlain, has been overshadowed by the sensational divorce case in 1886 that ruined his career. Yet his political abilities were great and his career a most remarkable one. He was regarded by many of his contemporaries as a likely successor to Gladstone and a probable future Prime Minister. It can be argued that his political eclipse was a crucial contributing factor to the Liberal Party's failure to provide a viable alternative to the rise of the Labour Party.

This is the first new biography of Dilke since Roy Jenkins' Sir Charles Dilke: A Victorian Tragedy, published in 1958. David Nicholls has used substantial new material to provide what is likely to be the definitive work on Dilke, shedding new light on his character, personal life and political career, as well as on the famous divorce scandal. This highly readable book is both an account of a remarkable man and an important contribution to the understanding of Victorian politics.
 

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The Formation of a Radical
1
Greater Britain
15
Radical Politics
35
Republicanism
47
Recovery
67
At the Foreign Office
87
Into the Cabinet
105
Local Government
119
Of Conjectures and Conspiracies
195
A Political Tragedy 188586
213
Picking up the Pieces
233
Towards a Social Radicalism
245
The Forest of Dean
263
The Most Independent Man in the House
277
The Last Years
295
Notes
313

Towards Democracy
137
Things Fall Apart
157
A Personal Tragedy 188586
177
Bibliography
361
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