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Aristocratic Government in the Age of ReformWhigs and Liberals 1830-1852$
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Peter Mandler

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198217817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217817.001.0001

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Aristocratic Styles in the Age of Reform: I. Whigs

Aristocratic Styles in the Age of Reform: I. Whigs

(p.44) 2 Aristocratic Styles in the Age of Reform: I. Whigs
Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform

Peter Mandler

Oxford University Press

The confluence of great families who came to be known collectively as ‘the Grand Whiggery’ hardly pre-dated the turn of the century. Though these high Whig social circles were loosely connected to the Whig party of Charles James Fox in the 1790s and 1800s, they did not become absolutely central to the party's leadership and organization until after 1830. Both the cohesion of the Whig community and the relevance of its political style were heavily dependent upon the political circumstances of the Age of Reform. This chapter examines the coming together of the Whig aristocracy, in the dual social and political sense of the phrase, in England at the end of the eighteenth century. It considers the role played by Holland House in politicizing the Grand Whiggery's young ones in the years before 1830, and the looser attraction exercised by Foxite Whiggism on a wider circle of cosmopolitan ‘men of the world’. Finally, the chapter looks at Whigs in government during the period 1830–1851.

Keywords:   Whigs, Grand Whiggery, England, Charles James Fox, aristocracy, Holland House, Foxite Whiggism, Age of Reform

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