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Author Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881.
Title Correspondence
Benjamin Disraeli letters. Volume 5, 1848-1851 / edited by M.G. Wiebe, general editor [and others].
Imprint Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, [1993]

Author Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881.
Series CEL - Canadian Publishers Collection.
Subject Disraeli, Benjamin, 1804-1881 -- Correspondence.
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Correspondence.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901 -- Sources.
Alt Name Wiebe, M. G. (Melvin George), 1939-
Description 1 online resource (592 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Note Print version record.
Summary Against a European background of the 1848 revolutions and Louis Napoleon's 1851 coup, the 602 letters of this volume cover Disraeli's accession to the leadership of his party in the House of Commons and his first attempts to move the party beyond reactionary protectionism and ultra-Protestantism. In this period, Disraeli works hard at all aspects of his new role, finding 'good men' to bring into the party, patching rifts within it, and establishing a new platform on which to maintain the system of landed aristocracy in the age of free trade. When the chance to form a government comes, however, his party is unsuccessful. The turmoil in the world at large is matched by that in Disraeli's own affairs. Foremost are the deaths of his father, a central figure in his intellectual development, and of Lord George Bentinck, the anchor of his financial and political strategies. Once again, his creditors threaten to drive him from public life, and come alarmingly close to success on at least one occasion. In addition, his marriage goes through a major crisis, as Mary Anne Disraeli's jealousy over his frequent correspondence with Lady Londonderry and his regular visits to her precipitates an actual separation and period of estrangement. His major correspondent and confidante continues to be his sister Sarah, but there are also a surprising number of letters (many of them previously unpublished) to major figures such as Metternich and Derby. The volume ends with the exchanges between Disraeli and other political leaders on the verge of a second chance at government, which in 1852 will bring a brief taste of power at last.
Contents Contents -- Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Editorial Principles -- Disraeli Chronology 1848�1851 -- Abbreviations in Volume Five -- Chronological List of Letters 1848�1851 -- Letters -- Appendices -- I: Pre-1848 Letters Newly Found -- II: 'De la méditation en Italie' -- III: Lists of possible cabinets -- IV: Petition from the Bucks Real Property Society -- V: Disraeli's memoirs, extracts 1848�51 -- VI: Disraeli in Men of the Time -- Recipients, Volume Five -- Index to Volume Five -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F
Gh -- i -- j -- k -- l -- m -- n -- o -- p -- q -- r -- s -- t -- u -- v -- w -- y -- z
ISBN 9781442671287 (electronic bk.)
1442671289 (electronic bk.)
9780802029270 (v. 5)
0802029272 (v. 5)
OCLC # 314183708
Additional Format Print version: Disraeli, Benjamin, Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-1881. Correspondence. Benjamin Disraeli letters . Volume 5, 1848-1851. Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, ©1993 (DLC) 82195454.

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