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The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby

Angus Hawkins


Lord Derby was the first British statesman to become prime minister three times. He remains the longest serving party leader in modern British politics, heading the Conservative party for twenty-two years from 1846 to 1868. He abolished slavery in the British Empire, established a national system of education in Ireland, was a prominent advocate for the 1832 Reform Act and, as prime minister, oversaw the introduction of the Second Reform Act (1867). Yet no biography of Derby, based upon his papers and correspondence, has previously been published. This book revises the conventional portrait of ... More

Keywords: Lord Derby, prime minister, party leader, modern British politics, Conservative party, slavery, British Empire, education in Ireland, 1832 Reform Act, Victorian politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204410
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204410.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angus Hawkins, author
Director of International Programmes, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and Fellow and Bursar of Kellogg College, Oxford