Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Aristocratic Government in the Age of ReformWhigs and Liberals 1830-1852$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 January 2019

Aristocratic Styles in the Age of Reform: II. Liberals and Moderates

Aristocratic Styles in the Age of Reform: II. Liberals and Moderates

(p.85) 3 Aristocratic Styles in the Age of Reform: II. Liberals and Moderates
Aristocratic Government in the Age of Reform

Peter Mandler

Oxford University Press

Only a small minority of the landed elite in England ever embraced the highly political understanding of the aristocrat's responsibility characteristic of the Foxite Whigs. Although that small minority grew more visible and cohesive, and took on a disproportionate political importance in the Age of Reform, it was always swimming against the mainstream. This chapter examines the process by which aristocrats from different political backgrounds came to the idea of a liberal–conservative union by 1852. Three circles will be taken as exemplary: the Young Whigs, offspring of the Grand Whiggery who shrugged off their Foxism for liberalism; the Bowood set, a group of moderates who followed the independent Whig Lord Lansdowne; and the Panshanger set, liberal Tories who made a somewhat cynical decision for Reform in 1832 deliberately to moderate the course of Whig government. The chapter demonstrates how the politics of the 1830s and 1840s delayed the advance of a moderate liberalism which seemed so inexorable before 1830 and so natural after 1850.

Keywords:   England, Age of Reform, aristocrats, liberal–conservative union, Young Whigs, liberalism, moderates, Bowood set, Panshanger set, politics

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .