1st Edition

Victorian Liberalism Nineteenth-century political thought and practice

Edited By Richard Bellamy Copyright 1990

    First published in 1990, Victorian Liberalism brings together leading political theorists and historians in order to examine the interplay of theory and ideology in nineteenth-century liberal thought and practice. Drawing on a wide range of source material, the authors examine liberal thinkers and politicians from Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, and John Stuart Mill to William Gladstone and Joseph Chamberlain. Connections are drawn throughout between the different languages which made-up liberal discourse and the relations between these vocabularies and the political movements and changing social reality they sought to explain. The result is a stimulating volume that breaks new ground in the study of political history and the history of political thought.

    Contributors 1. Introduction Richard Bellamy 2. The legacy of Adam Smith John Robertson 3. Whigs and liberals Bianca Fontana 4. The origin of liberal utilitarianism Frederick Rosen 5. Bentham and the nineteenth-century revolution in government Stephen Conway 6. J. S. Mill, liberalism, and progress John Gibbins 7. Herbert Spencer's liberalism – from social statics to social dynamics Tim Gray 8. T. H. Green and the morality of Victorian liberalism Richard Bellamy 9. Gladstonianism, the provinces, and popular political culture, 1860-1906 Christopher Harvie 10. The new liberalism and its aftermath Michael Freeden 11. From liberal radicalism to conservative corporatism Alan Hooper Index


    Edited by Richard Bellamy