A special issue commemorating 150 years since Gladstone’s first government. Articles include Gladstone’s first government, 1868–74; The general election of 1868; Gladstone’s first government: a policy overview; A Chapter of Autobiography as campaign document; Gladstone’s first ministry and Ireland; Gladstone and the 1870 Elementary Education Act; Jogging along by the Parliamentary train? Gladstone’s first government and the House of Lords; Saving Dunford House; The general election of 1874; The historical Gladstone and the contemporary Gladstone; Review of Peterson, Gladstone’s Influence in America.
Introduction to this special issue of the <i>Journal of Liberal History</i>, marking 150 years since William Ewart Gladstone first became prime minister.
Discussion of the results of the election that brought the Liberals to power.
Analysis of the achievements of Gladstone’s ministry.
Examination of the role played by the publication of Gladstone’s pamphlet during the 1868 election campaign.
The Liberal government’s policy on Ireland.
Discussion of one of the outstanding achievements of Gladstone’s government.
Gladstone’s first government and the House of Lords.
The threat to Richard Cobden’s Sussex home.
Analysis of the reasons behind the crushing Liberal defeat in 1874.
Gladstone’s library at Hawarden.
Review of Stephen J. Peterson, Gladstone’s Influence in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).