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The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of DerbyVolume I: Ascent, 1799–1851$
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Angus Hawkins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570911.001.0001

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Coercion and Concession: 1830–1834

Coercion and Concession: 1830–1834

(p.74) Chapter 2 Coercion and Concession: 1830–1834
The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby

Angus Hawkins

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the life and career of Edward Geoffrey Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, from 1830–1834. Stanley's appointment as Chief Secretary for Ireland in November 1830 thrust him into the cauldron of Irish politics, confronting him with challenges both novel and familiar. Ireland tested the very foundation of Whig doctrine. Whigs were committed to responsible reform within a setting of social stability, progress being secured through timely political recognition of advancing social interests, standing on the bedrock of established legal authority and property rights. But Ireland, where legal authority and property rights were contested, exposed sharp differences among Whigs themselves.

Keywords:   Stanley, Earl of Derby, Ireland, chief secretary, Irish politics, Whigs

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