John Bright by Bill Cash
Statesman, Orator, Agitator

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This biography is the work of a parliamentarian rather than historian, and Cash spends too little time on situating Bright within his times...
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John Bright was one of the greatest British statesmen of the nineteenth century. In a series of Punch cartoons in 1878, Bright featured alongside Disraeli and Gladstone as among the most influential politicians of the age. However, his profound contribution to British politics and society has been virtually forgotten in the modern world.

Bright played a critical role in many of the most important political movements of the Victorian era, from the repeal of the Corn Laws to Home Rule. In his great campaign leading up to the Reform Act 1867, he fought for parliamentary reform on behalf of the working class and for the abolition of newspaper taxes. Internationally renowned as an orator, he was a dedicated opponent of slavery and champion of the North in the American Civil War. His testimonial for Abraham Lincoln’s re-election was found in the President’s pocket on his assassination. He was vigorously opposed to the Crimean War and campaigned against the oppression of the Irish tenantry and colonial subjects throughout the Empire. Fiercely independent, he eventually split from the Liberal Party over Home Rule, becoming a Liberal Unionist.

In this new biography, the first for over 30 years, Bill Cash provides an incisive and engaging portrait of a man who influenced the politics of his generation more than virtually any other, with important implications for the present day.
 

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Bill Cash is MP for Stone. He read History at Oxford before pursuing a career as a lawyer. He has been an MP since 1984 and was Chairman of the Conservative Backbench Committee on European Affairs from 1989-1991. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Shadow Attorney General and has also been responsible for shadowing Constitutional Affairs in the House of Commons.
 
Published October 1, 2011 by I.B.Tauris. 361 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tristram Hunt on Jan 06 2012

This biography is the work of a parliamentarian rather than historian, and Cash spends too little time on situating Bright within his times...

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