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The Quarrel of Macaulay and Croker: Politics and History in the Age of Reform

William Thomas


This is the story of one of the great literary rows of the 19th century, between one of its greatest historians and one of its sharpest critics. The quarrel began in the House of Commons during the debates of 1831–2 on parliamentary reform and was continued in the quarterly reviews. Even in a political setting, it had a historical dimension. Croker taunted Macaulay for being ignorant of the French Revolution. Macaulay replied by pouring scorn on Croker's accuracy as editor of Boswell's Johnson. The bitterness of the clash made subsequent compromise impossible. Sixteen years later, Croker wrote ... More

Keywords: parliamentary reform, Croker, Macaulay, History of England, politics, Whigs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Thomas, author
Christ Church, Oxford