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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.

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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 2 deals with Cobden's career after the success of the Anti-Corn Law League, particularly his work on international relations between 1846 and his death. He spoke against Palmerston's foreign policy, and argued for closer ties with France at a time when Napoleon III's coup d'etat produced much anti-French feeling in England.

Table of Contents

1. Election for the West Riding - purchase of Dunford - correspondence; 2. Miscellaneous correspondence on social and political movements; 3. The Don Pacifico debate - the Papal aggression - correspondence with Mr. Bright on reform - Kossuth; 4. The Protectionists in office; 5. The panic of 1853; 6. The Crimean War; 7. Death of his son; 8. Chinese affairs - Cobden's motion - the dissolution; 9. The Indian Mutiny - private affairs - second journey to America; 10. Return from America - the new ministry; 11. The French treaty; 12. Holiday and return to Paris; 13. The tariff - the fortification scheme; 14. The policy of the commercial treaty; 15. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1859-60 - Paris - return to England; 16. The American war - fortification schemes - international law; 17. Correspondence with Mr. Delane; 18. The Danish war - last speeches in Parliament - correspondence; 19. Speech at Rochdale - the land question - correspondence - last days and death; 20. Conclusion; Index.

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