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Titre : John Wilson Croker: Irish Ideas and the ...
Éditeur : Irish Academic Press Ltd, Ireland
Date d'édition : 2010
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Edition : New..
Language: English . Brand New Book. John Wilson Croker, a forgotten man of 19th-century politics and letters, is given new life in this book. Drawing on previously unpublished Croker archives held in US universities, the contemporary press, and other sources, author Robert Portsmouth provides a substantial re-interpretation of the life and times of Croker. As a parliamentarian, early spin-doctor, and close advisor to Sir Robert Peel, George Canning, and the Duke of Wellington, Croker probably had greater influence on ministerial policy and popular opinion than all but a handful of his contemporaries. He was a friend of famous literary figures like Walter Scott, but his work as a popular critic won him the enduring enmity of Shelley, Lady Morgan, T.B. Macaulay, and others, whose vilification of him as a slashing reviewer and bigoted Tory opponent of all reform has concealed his much more significant political work and ideas. In fact, Croker was a keen advocate of moderate parliamentary, social, and economic reforms. He had been, since he was a Dublin student campaigning for conciliatory Catholic Emancipation, in opposition to both ultra-Protestants as well as sectarian ultra-Catholics , and viewed his political philosophy for a unitary via media of opposition to extremes as something of a tradition of enlightened Irish thought stretching from Swift to Burke. While his ambition to improve the state of his homeland and unite its people would end in failure, John Wilson Croker and his predominantly Irish press circle saw essentially the same philosophy succeed in Britain after 1830 when they laid the foundations for modern parliamentary Conservatism by inventing the new Conservative party as a moderate reforming and conciliatory alternative to both ultra Tories and ultra-Whigs. N° de réf. du libraire AGM9780716530718
Synopsis : John Wilson Croker, forgotten man of the 19th Century, is given new life here. Drawing on previously neglected and unpublished Croker archives held in U.S. university libraries as well as his own neglected writings and contemporary newspaper sources, Portsmouth provides a substantial re-interpretation of the life and times of Croker. It is as a reformer that Croker is best known to us - Parliamentary, social and economic and a staunch believer in Catholic emancipation. In his position as parliamentarian, spin doctor and confidante to Sir Robert Peel and the Duke of Wellington, Croker probably had a greater influence on ministerial policy and popular opinion than all but a handful of his contemporaries. Croker was not just a politician, however, but a writer and critic, and maintained robust friendships and enmities with many eminent literary figures of the day. Among them were Walter Scott, Shelley and T.B. Macaulay. His literary enemies efforts to vilify him as a Tory opponent of all reform successfully conceals his much more significant political work and ideas. However, Croker s most enduring legacy is surely his political principles of prudent reform, yet firm defence of the constitution that invented the new Conservative Party and succeeded in laying the foundations of modern parliamentary Conservatism.
A propos de l'auteur: Robert Portsmouth lectures in 19th century political and cultural history, the history of the press and Irish ideas at NUI Galway.
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