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The Life of Richard Cobden John Morley

The Life of Richard Cobden By John Morley

The Life of Richard Cobden by John Morley


This Life of Victorian radical politician Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was first published in 1881. It was considered outstanding in its careful and systematic use of source material, as Morley had access not only to Cobden's papers but to those of many of his friends and associates.

The Life of Richard Cobden Summary

The Life of Richard Cobden by John Morley

Richard Cobden (1804-1865) was a manufacturer and Liberal politician, campaigning for the repeal of the Corn Laws, and for a free market economy. His laissez-faire views on protectionism and the role of government intervention in economics had a lasting influence on British politics throughout the twentieth century as the antithesis of socialism. This Life, first published in 1881, set new standards for biographical documentation. Morley had the advantage of having not only Cobden's journals and letters to use, but access to those of many of his friends and political associates. Volume 1 considers his early life and the beginnings of his political involvement, then dealing in great detail with the Anti-Corn Law League. Morley examines the state of society in the 1840s, Cobden's role in the campaign, and particularly his influence on Sir Robert Peel. Cobden believed free trade was essential to equality and social progress.

Table of Contents

1. Early life; 2. Commercial and mental progress; 3. Travels in west and east; 4. The two pamphlets; 5. Life in Manchester, 1837-9; 6. The foundation of the League; 7. The Corn Laws; 8. Cobden enters Parliament - first session; 9. Cobden as an agitator; 10. The new Corn Law; 11. Sir Robert Peel's new policy; 12. Renewed activity of the League - Cobden and Sir Robert Peel - rural campaign; 13. The session of 1844 - factory legislation - the constituencies; 14. Bastiat - new tracts - activity in parliament - Maynooth grant - private affairs; 15. The autumn of 1845; 16. Repeal of the Corn Laws and fall of the government; 17. Correspondence with Sir Robert Peel - cessation of the League; 18. Tour over Europe; Appendix.

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