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Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform: Whigs and Liberals 1830-1852

Peter Mandler


This book challenges the view that there was a smooth and inevitable progression towards liberalism in early nineteenth-century England. It examines the argument used by the high Whigs that the landed aristocracy still had a positive contribution to make to the welfare of the people. This argument came under scrutiny as the laissez-faire state met with serious criticism in the 1830s and 1840s, when the majority of people proved unwilling to accept the ‘compromise’ forged between the middle classes and other sections of the landed elite, and mass movements for political and social reform prolif ... More

Keywords: Liberalism, high Whigs, landed aristocracy, middle classes, political reform, social reform, social unrest, nineteenth-century England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198217817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Mandler, author
Princeton University