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Lord Liverpool

Norman Gash
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‘He gave his name to the longest, and one of the most important, British administrations of the nineteenth century. Yet the man himself has remained a shadowy figure.’ Norman Gash, from the introduction

Prime Minister at the time of the battle of Waterloo, Robert Banks Jenkinson, the 2nd Earl of Liverpool, was in power from 1812 to 1827. But despite his seeing off the threat of Napoleon, and being British premier during the turbulent years of Peterloo, the Six Acts and the campaign for Catholic Emancipation, Lord Liverpool was later dubbed the ‘Arch-Mediocrity’ by Disraeli, and was generally forgotten, eclipsed by the events of his day. This biography, first published in 1984, brings both the man and his politics out of the shadows.

Critic Reviews

'After a long and distinguished scholarly career devoted largely to Sir Robert Peel, it is fitting and welcome that Norman Gash should turn to the much misunderstood figure of Lord Liverpool . . . He brings to the topic an easy familiarity with the issues and personalities of the period. His assurance and authority are felt on every page.'

Neville Thompson, Canadian Journal of History

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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