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The Mind of Gladstone: Religion, Homer, and Politics

David Bebbington


Gladstone’s ideas are far more accessible for analysis now that, following the publication of his diaries, a record of his reading is available. This book traces the evolution of what the diaries reveal as the statesman’s central intellectual preoccupations, theology and classical scholarship, as well as the groundwork of his early Conservatism and his mature Liberalism. In particular, it examines the ideological sources of Gladstone’s youthful opposition to reform before scrutinising his convictions in theology as they developed from Evangelicalism through Orthodox High Churchmanship and Trac ... More

Keywords: theology, classics, Conservatism, Liberalism, High Churchmanship, Tractarianism, liberal Catholicism, Homer, community, humanity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199267651
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Bebbington, author
Professor of History, University of Stirling
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