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Published: 03 September 2009

552 Pages | 8pp black and white plates


ISBN: 9780199570911

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The Forgotten Prime Minister: The 14th Earl of Derby

Volume I: Ascent, 1799-1851

Angus Hawkins

  • The first ever full biography of the 14th Earl of Derby - the first British statesman to become prime minister three times and the longest serving party leader in modern British party politics
  • The first study to make extensive use of Derby's papers and extensive archive - as well as recently discovered sources - to fill a significant gap in the history of Victorian politics and society
  • Completely revises the conventional view of Derby's personality, career, and significance - revealing him as a complex, astute, influential, and significant figure, who had a profound effect on the politics and society of his time
  • A book that is likely to seriously modify our understanding of nineteenth century British party politics, the history of the Conservative party, and the nature of public life in the Victorian age in general, including some of its most prominent figures