First published in 1990, Victorian Liberalism brings together leading political theorists and historians in order to examine the interplay of theory and ideology in nineteenth-century liberal thought and practice. Drawing on a wide range of source material, the authors examine liberal thinkers and politicians from Adam Smith, Jeremy Bentham, and John Stuart Mill to William Gladstone and Joseph Chamberlain. Connections are drawn throughout between the different languages which made-up liberal discourse and the relations between these vocabularies and the political movements and changing social reality they sought to explain. The result is a stimulating volume that breaks new ground in the study of political history and the history of political thought.

chapter Chapter one|14 pages


chapter Chapter six|19 pages

J. S. Mill, liberalism, and progress

chapter Chapter ten|18 pages

The new liberalism and its aftermath

chapter Chapter eleven|20 pages

From liberal-Radicalism to Conservative corporatism: the pursuit of ‘Radical business’ in ‘Tory livery’

Joseph Chamberlain, Birmingham, and British politics, 1870–1930