Originally published in 1964, in this work of wisdom, originality, and power, the great Liberal scholar, J. L. Hammond, explores and expounds Gladstone's attempt to secure justice for Ireland against the rising tide of English Imperialist feeling. The origins of the Irish Church crisis of 1869, of the land agitations of the seventies and eighties, and of the Home Rule explosion of 1885-6 that disrupted the British party system, are traced back, by Hammond's mastery of the archives, to their historical causes. His imaginative sympathy accompanies Gladstone on the eight years of political suffering that followed the explosion, till at the age of eighty-four the Grand Old Man could finally retire.
In the new 1964 introduction to this reprint of the rare 1938 edition, this work is described as the most formidable and incisive piece of original research yet published on the history of England and Ireland in the second half of the nineteenth century.
New Introduction. 1. Pitt's Legacy. 2. English and Irish Discontent: A Comparison. 3. The Causes of the Failure of English Government in Ireland Before 1870. 4. The Effect of the Cruelty and Lawlessness of Ireland on the English Temper. 5. Gladstone's European Sense. 6. Gladstone's Irish Record Before 1868 and his Conversion. 7. Gladstone's First Government. 8. Gladstone's First Government: Eclipse. 9. After 1874. 10. The New Irish Party. 11. Gladstone's Second Government, 1880: The Struggled for Order and Reform. 12. The Irish Emergency, 1880: 13. Coercion and Reform, 1881. 14. The Struggle Over the Land Act in Ireland, 1881. 15. The Kilmainham Treaty, 1882. 16. After the Phoenix Park Murders, 1882. 17. The Maamtrasna Murders: The Failure of 188. 18. Two Lost Years, 1883 amd 1884. 19. Gladstone, Chamberlain and Parnell. 20. The Carnarvon Adventure. 21. Gladstone's Leadership in 1885. 22. Gladstone and the Irish Issue, July 1885-December 1885. 23. The Offer to Salisbury and the Hawarden Kite, December 1885. 24. The Change of Government. 25. The Liberal Split. 26. The First Home Rule Bill. 27. Gladstone and tthe Educated Classes. 28. The Plan of Campaign, 1887. 29. The Parnell Commission. 30. Catastrophe. 31. Gladstone's Dilemma. 32. The Break with Parnell. 33. The Last Battle. 34. Gladstone and Democracy. 35. Conclusion.
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