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The Two Mr. Gladstones a Study in Psychology and History

by Travis L. Crosby

  • ISBN: 9780300068276
  • ISBN10: 0300068271

The Two Mr. Gladstones a Study in Psychology and History

by Travis L. Crosby

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 02/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780300068276
  • ISBN10: 0300068271
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Description: William Gladstone -- four times prime minister of Great Britain, the premier moral spokesman of the Victorian era, a prodigious author, and an unparalleled orator -- was among the most revered figures of his age. But there was another side to Gladstone. His sudden bursts of anger in Parliament, aggressive campaigns against opponents, resignations and threats of resignations from political life, and secretive formulations of high policy reveal him as a man of disquieting moods. In his private life, too, there were incongruities. Admired as a loving husband and father, he maintained a long-standing intimacy with a former courtesan. Equally disturbing were his nocturnal rambles among London's prostitutes, ostensibly for philanthropic purposes.

This book applies an eclectic and sophisticated psychological framework to Gladstone's life that explains the duality of his character. Drawing on original sources such as Gladstone's political correspondence, diary, and family papers, Travis Crosby describes his childhood and adolescence, his marriage, his rise to prominence as a young Conservative member of Parliament, the temporary languishing of his political career at midcentury, his leadership of the Liberal Party, and his accomplishments in domestic and foreign affairs as prime minister. Crosby traces the disparate threads of Gladstone's volatile personality and shows how he developed a range of responses to emotional stress to shore up his need for unquestioned control over the events of his life. Gladstone emerges as a man who wrestled with powerful internal conflicts as much as he struggled with the formidable political and social issues of his time.

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