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The Victorians and the Stuart Heritage: Interpretations of a by Timothy Lang

By Timothy Lang

This booklet explores how a bunch of nineteenth-century British historians got here to phrases with one of many formative classes of their nation's past--the 17th century quite often and the period of Cromwell and the Puritans particularly. incorporated are recognized figures resembling Macaulay and Carlyle, who're of curiosity to literary students in addition to to historians, and extra really good writers akin to Henry Hallam and S.R. Gardiner. The e-book argues that those historians stumbled on the 17th century not easy as a result of its reference to many modern political and, particularly, non secular concerns.

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For the controversy which the article generated, see Clive, Scotch Reviewers, 110-113. For Hallam's response, see Peter Clark, Henry Hallam (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982), 7-8. Hallam to Francis Horner (26 July 1815) and (19 March 1816), Memoirs ofFrancis Horner, 2: 264-265, 318-319. L. Mitchell, Holland House, 247-259. A. Mitchell, Whigs in Opposition, 82-92. E. A. Smith, Whig Principles and Party Politics: Earl Fitzwilliam and the Whig Party, 1748-1833 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1975), 346-372.

11 The most important ideological characteristic of Hallam's two works of history was their reassertion of a Foxite constitutionalism. One idea, more than any other, sustained his political and historical thinking: "The government of England," he wrote in the 16 Hallam to Francis Horner (26 July 1815), Memoirs of Francis Horner, 2: 264. For Elliot's position, see A. Mitchell, Whigs in Opposition, 91. "17 According to this formula, England enjoyed a mixed government of king, Lords and Commons, in which the right to govern was shared equally among the estates of the realm.

Harvey, "The Ministry of All the Talents: The Whigs in Office, February 1806 to March 1807," Historical Journal, 15 (1972): 645-648. E. A. Smith, Lord Grey, 1764-1845 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), 36, 179-189, 204-221. William Thomas, The Philosophic Radicals: Nine Studies in Theory and Practice, 1817-1841 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979), 46-57. Biancamaria Fontana, Rethinking the Politics of Commercial Society: The Edinburgh Review 1802-1832 (Cambridge: Cambridge University 25 26 The Victorians and the Stuart heritage Hallam's work as a historian should be placed in the context of this attempt to revive and redirect the Whig party in the decades before 1830.

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