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Mr Secretary Peel

Norman Gash
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571277353
Date Published
21.04.2011
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Summary

Norman Gash’s magnificent two-volume life of Sir Robert Peel – Mr Secretary Peel (1961) and Sir Robert Peel (1972) – is the standard work on the great statesman, and is widely considered one of the great biographies of 19th-century prime ministers. Faber Finds is delighted to return both to print, beginning with Mr Secretary Peel.
As Gash puts it memorably, ‘Peel, born in 1788 in the world of Gibbon and Joshua Reynolds, of stage-coaches, highwaymen and the judicial burning of women, died in 1850 in the age of Faraday and Darwin, of Punch, railway excursions, trade unions and income tax…’ Over the course of Peel’s life Britain was remodeled, and it may be argued that Peel himself did more than any other political figure in reconciling the new forces in society with its older institutions. But as a politician Peel could be a controversial figure, his pragmatism pressing him into unpopular decisions. The son of an industrial millionaire, his instincts were for the cause of good government over narrow party interest. Norman Gash interpreted Peel as the intellectual founder of the modern Conservative Party – an aristocratic administrator and natural consensus politician who believed in courting the urban middle class as well as landowners and farmers.
Mr Secretary Peel carries its subject’s story from birth through his entry into politics in Ireland, his early positions in Tory governments, his tenure as Home Secretary from 1822 (which included his establishing of the Metropolitan Police Force) and up to the struggles over the issue of Catholic Emancipation.
‘A rich and perceptive portrait of a statesman in the making,’ Philip Ziegler, Telegraph.

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Norman Gash was born in India in 1912. In 1933 he took a First in Modern History at St John’s College, Oxford. During the Second World War he served in military intelligence and rose to the rank of major. In 1953 he published Politics in the Age of Peel, and after two years at the University of Leeds he was…

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