By Stephen J. Lee
Gladstone and Disraeli surveys and compares the careers of those influential top Ministers. Stephen J. Lee examines how Gladstone and Disraeli emerged as leaders of the 2 best events and is going directly to examine their time in strength, reading many various features in their careers. utilizing a wide selection of assets and historiography, Lee compares and contrasts the ideals of Gladstone and Disraeli, their impression at the financial system, social reform, the Irish challenge and parliamentary reform, and on international coverage.
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The frank discussion of Disraeli’s Jewishness was most evident in the final volume of Monypenny and Buckle’s biography, after which there was a substantial decrease in such studies. During the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, especially, this may well have been an attempt to steer away from a sensitive issue to avoid any possible misunderstanding or suggestion THE IDEAS OF GLADSTONE AND DISRAELI 39 of antisemitism. Blake’s biography emerged, perhaps, in the climax of this trend. Blake might also be seen as the end of the trend.
Disraeli and Bentinck had mobilised a large section of the party to resist this, the result being a major split. The cartoon also comments on Disraeli’s well-known reputation for being an extravagant dresser: this is seen as part of his rebellious nature. The caption gives the impression that he is an awkward speaker. This is rather harsh on Disraeli – but could be a reference to his disastrous maiden speech in the Commons in 1837 or to Disraeli’s perceived lack of a coherent policy at this stage.
Source 4, by contrast, considers Disraeli’s leadership ‘precarious’ and the lack of effective organisation is implicit in the comments about the party’s absence of any kind of development. Source 1 is even more negative. Disraeli is given the credit of having ‘arrangements’ but these are entirely destructive, the intention being ‘to smash everybody’. Careful consideration of the hidden meaning of the sources can, therefore, reveal two clear sides. There are, however, additional points which the sources do not consider, which tend to favour the more positive approach.
Gladstone and Disraeli (Questions and Analysis in History) by Stephen J. Lee