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The Optimists: Themes and Personalities in Victorian Liberalism

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Ian Bradley's The Optimists was first published in 1980, when the values of Victorian Liberalism were enjoying something of a renaissance - as they are today. Politicians of different parties were once again expounding the Gladstonian principles of public economy, self-help, European unity and home rule for the constituent parts of the United Kingdom. This book examines the nature and development of these ideas. It traces their origins in the Romantic movement, the industrial revolution and the general European Liberal ...

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The Optimists: Themes and Personalities in Victorian Liberalism
2010, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571271290

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The Optimists: Themes and Personalities in Victorian Liberalism
1980, Faber & Faber

ISBN-13: 9780571114955

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