Palmerston ([British Prime Ministers])

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Published in 1975 in hardback, 166pp, ISBN 0297767062 is part of the British Prime Ministers series and is about Palmerston written by Denis Judd; with the general series editor being A. J. P. Taylor. Synopsis: Palmerston enjoys a rakish reputation as womaniser, careless aristocrat and the apostle of gun-boat diplomacy. His life-span linked the American War of Independence with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the scandalous Regency period with the era of Queen Victoria and Albert the Good, the French Revolution with the birth of the future King George V, the age of Pitt with the days of Gladstone and Disraeli. His political career brought him three times to the Foreign Office and twice to the Premiership. He set out as a dutiful Tory, became the darling of Radicals throughout Europe, and ended his career as 'Old Pam' the personification of British pluck and lion-heartedness. He was liberal in his advice to foreign governments, and never doubted that his chief duty was to foster British interests with resoluation and constancy. But there was more to Palmerston that bluster and patriotic drum-thumping, as Denis Judd so clearly shows in this sympathetic but never uncritical biography. Palmerston was a meticulous and incredibly hard-working minister, with hardly enough time to make the romantic conquests with which he is popularly credited. He was master of departmental details and diplomatic subtleties. Above all, he could be extraordinarily reasonable, even diffident, in private conference. Nor, despite the impact of his 'Don Pacfico' speech, was he a consistently impressive orator. Contents: List of illustrations; Introduction by A. J. P Taylor; 1. The Road to Westminster 1784-1809; 2. The Tory Secretary at War 1809-28; 3. The Whig Foreign Secretary 1830-4; 4. Bully to the Weak? 1835-46; 5. The Strong Arm of England 1846-51; 6. Home Secretary 1852-5; 7. The Inevitable Man: Prime Minister 1855-8; 8. Old Pam: Prime Minister 1859-65; Select Bibliography; Index

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Denis Judd is Professor Emeritus of Imperial and Commonwealth History, London Metropolitan University, and Professor at New York University in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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