Fox to a friend on the French Revolution

Letter from Charles James Fox to his friend, Mr Fitzpatrick, on the French Revolution.

Extract from Gladstone’s 3rd Midlothian speech on foreign policy

Following his electoral defeat in 1874, Gladstone resigned the Liberal leadership and, in his sixties, hoped to spend the rest of his life in retirement. The Balkan Massacres of 1876 drew him back to politics in protest at what he saw as Disraeli’s (Lord Beaconsfield’s) cynical reaction and his own party’s supine response.

Journal articles

Transforming the Whigs

Review of William Anthony Hay, The Whig Revival, 1808-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Liberals in Ulster

Review of Gerald R. Hall, Ulster Liberalism 1778-1876 (Four Courts Press, 2011).

Philosopher of freedom

Wilhelm von Humboldt and early German Liberalism.

Biography: Edmund Burke

The career and political thought of Edmund Burke.

Charles James Fox, the Repeal of Poynings Law, and the Act of Union

1782 – 1801: the critical period in Irish and British history during which many of the seeds of the present troubles were sown.

The legacy of Gladstone

The Grand Old Man’s record.

Theoretician of modernity

Review of Norman Kemp-Smith, The Philosophy of David Hume: A Central Study of its Origins and Central Doctrines, with a new introduction by Don Garrett (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Vacillating statesman

Review of Arthur Aspinall, Lord Brougham and the Whig Party (Originally published 1927; reprinted Nonsuch, 2005).

Gladstone 1809-1874

Review of H.C.G. Matthew, Gladstone 1809-1874 (Oxford University Press, 1988).

‘The representative man’

Reviews of Kenneth Bourne, Palmerston: The Early Years 1783-1841 (Allen Lane, 1982) and Donald Southgate, The Most English Minister (Macmillan, 1966).

Man of contradictions

Review of Arthur H. Cash, John Wilkes, The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty (Yale University Press, 2006).

No one likes us, we don’t care

Review of Leslie Mitchell, The Whig World 1760-1837 (Hambledon Continuum, 2005).

Secular intellectuals

Review of William C. Lubenow, Liberal Intellectuals and Public Culture in Modern Britain, 1815-1914: Making Words Flesh (Boydell Press, 2010).


Thomas Paine and the radical liberal tradition

To coincide with the publication of the special issue of the Journal of Liberal History on Liberalism and the Left (summer 2010), we are delighted to welcome Prof Edward Royle and Dr Edward Vallance to the History Group for an evening focusing on the life, works and influence of Thomas Paine. In the two centuries […]