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Sir Robert Peel: The life of Sir Robert Peel after 1830 [Hardcover]

Norman Gash
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14 Aug 1972
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 nineteenth-century prime ministers. Faber Finds is delighted to return both to print. In this second volume, Gash focuses on the years between 1830 and 1850, the height of Peel's political career, which included his two terms as prime minister, the controversial repeal of the Corn Laws, and his reform of the Conservative Party. "In ...his masterly biography, covering Peel's career from the Reform Crisis to his untimely death in 1850, Professor Gash shows himself not merely an admirer but an emulator - brilliant intellect, master of detail, man of conservative but humane conscience". (Harold Perkin, "Guardian"). "Norman Gash's Sir Robert Peel shows how high and austere academic writing about a major figure is compatible with an outstanding general biography". (Roy Jenkins, "Observer"). "In "Mr. Secretary Peel", the first volume of this biography, he provided a rich and perceptive portrait of a statesman in the making. Now at last he has completed one of the great biographies of our time". (Philip Ziegler, "Daily Telegraph"). ""Sir Robert Peel" by Norman Gash ranks with the great political biographies of the past, a classic work in both scholarship and presentation". (A. J. P. Taylor, "New Statesman").

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  • Hardcover: 767 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Press; First Edition edition (14 Aug 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582502047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582502048
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,548,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 appointed Professor of History at St Andrews, a position he held until 1980. His other publications included The Age of Peel (1968); Reaction and Reconstruction in English Politics, 1832-1852 (1966); Lord Liverpool (1984); Pillars of Government (1986); and Aristocracy and People: England 1815-1865 (1979). He was appointed CBE in 1989, and died in 2009.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent conclusion. 7 July 2009
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Sir Robert Peel, the life of Sir Robert Peel after 1830 by Norman Gash is an excellent concluding volume to the biography of one of Britain's greatest Prime Ministers and statesmen. Like the first volume it is very well written, increadibly detailed and very informative altough to some it may be a little long. This volume specifically deals with the period beginning with the end of Tory rule in 1830 through the ultimately successful attempt of Sir Robert Peel to establish a new less reactionary party who could be trusted with running the country and concluding with his radical reforming government of 1841-1846 and its destruction over the Corn Laws. All in all an outstanding concluding volume dealing with the later life of arguably Britain's greatest peacetime Prime Minister who through his actions helped create the Conservative Party but also lay the foundations for Britain's mid-Victorian prosperity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biography and History Combined 6 Sep 2012
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The author does a fine job of making Sir Robert Peel come to life as a man of his times. Peel was in the center of British political life in the early 1800's and was also a politician who believed in making political choices that were morally right. Perhaps we should make reading his biography mandatory for our modern-day politicians
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Biography of great reformist Prime Minister of england 31 Mar 2013
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i have purchases both the volumes of Sir Robert Peel. Both the volumes are best books/ biography written by Norman Gash. I found this magnificent book on Amazon display and first enjoyed first volume and then ordered the II vol of Mr Norman Gash. Very informative, lucid and good biography of great reformist Prime Minister of UK If anybody wants to study this period of England history, this is very supportive book and still not written so good a biography by any other writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail. 2 Oct 2014
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Really interesting expecially for an Irish reader as it gives the English perspective on Ireland in the context of overall English politics. Great detail.
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