British liberalism and the United States : political and social thought in the late Victorian age /
Murney Gerlach.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
xix, 311 p.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
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Anglo-American relations were at a low point during the US Civil War; by 1900 the two countries were drawing together in a partnership that was to dominate the 20th century. Gerlach (Rhode Island Historical Society) studies one aspect of this topic: the American concerns of the British Liberal Party, 1865-98. He finds an increasing interest in the US among Liberals, who admired American federalism (as a model for their ideas of Irish Home Rule) and welcomed American visitors to Britain--despite their distaste for American political corruption, bimetallism, and protectionism. Gerlach suggests that basic Liberal sympathy for the US, along with a network of personal contacts among Liberal politicians and American elites, defused the Venezuela-Guiana border dispute that threatened war in 1896. The narrative concentrates almost entirely on the British side of the relationship; American interest in Britain is covered only briefly. This noted, Gerlach's research is certainly thorough. Besides a subject index, extensive footnotes to primary sources, and a useful set of thumbnail biographies of British Liberals, he even provides seating charts of the London dinner parties they gave for visiting Americans. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. R. Breihan Loyola College in Maryland
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While there are many works on British liberalism, this is the first to deal substantially with the transatlantic and international context of liberalism. Murney Gerlach considers the transatlantic thought of prominent contemporary figures such as William Gladstone, John Morley, William Harcourt, and Andrew Carnegie. This book is a fascinating account that paves the way for the political and social rapprochement of the 20th century.
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The Formation of American Relationships and Interestsp. 1
The American Civil Warp. 5
Fenianism, the Alabama claims, and the Geneva Treaty, 1865-74p. 11
British Liberals and their early American interestsp. 13
Charles Dilke: an American trip in 1866p. 17
John Morley: an American trip and early interestsp. 21
James Bryce: early American impressionsp. 26
Liberalism and the United States: Expanding American Activities, 1874-1880p. 38
Lord Rosebery: America discoveredp. 40
William E. Gladstone and 'Kin Beyond Sea'p. 48
Young Radicals and the United States: Dilke, Morley, and Chamberlainp. 57
The Liberal Ascendancy, Ireland, and Henry George, 1880-1886p. 71
British foreign policy towards the United States, 1880-85p. 73
American protectionism and tariffsp. 76
Anglo-American accordp. 78
Irish-Americans, Fenians, and violencep. 81
Henry George and land reformp. 94
The American Constitution, federalism, and Home Rulep. 101
Gladstonian Liberalism, Home Rule, and American Politics and Society, 1886-1892p. 121
American federalism reconsideredp. 124
American protectionism and tariffs reconsideredp. 133
American currency and bimetallismp. 139
Anglo-American copyrightp. 142
Gladstone: American activities and political issuesp. 145
Liberal Ministries, Ideas, and Andrew Carnegie, 1892-1895p. 163
American foreign policiesp. 165
Irish Home Rule: American federal and constitutional experiencesp. 170
Silver, bimetallism, and currency issuesp. 176
Liberal attitudes towards American labor, society, and democracyp. 185
Andrew Carnegie: a transatlantic liberalp. 197
Venezuela, Silver, and Rapprochement, 1895-1898p. 211
Anglo-Americans and international arbitrationp. 213
Silver and bimetallism: final reconsiderationsp. 217
Liberalism and informal diplomacy over Venezuelap. 219
The Venezuelan Settlement and Anglo-American arbitrationp. 227
Silver and the Presidential election of 1896p. 235
Studies of democracyp. 238
Silver and bimetallism defeated, 1896-97p. 241
Biographical and American Notesp. 265
Dinner Engagements of William Hoppin and Henry White, 1870s-1890sp. 272
Letter from Gresham to Rosebery, 1895p. 275
Bibliographyp. 276
Indexp. 305
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