Edited Book

Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon



Cawood I & Upton C (eds.) (2016) Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon. London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137528858

Winston Churchill described Joseph Chamberlain as 'the man who made the weather' for twenty years in British politics between the 1880s and the 1900s. This volume contains contributions on every aspect of Chamberlain's career, including international and cultural perspectives hitherto ignored by his many biographers. It breaks his career into three aspects: his career as an international statesman, defender of British interests and champion of imperial federation; his role as a national leader, opposing Gladstone's crusade for Irish home rule by forming an alliance with the Conservatives, campaigning for social reform and finally advocating a protectionist economic policy to promote British business; and the aspect for which he is still celebrated in his adopted city, as the provider of sanitation, gas lighting, clean water and cultural achievement for Birmingham – a model of civic regeneration that still inspires modern politicians such as Michael Heseltine, Tristram Hunt and David Willetts.

Joseph Chamberlain; Imperialism; Nineteenth-Century history; Liberalism; Unionism; foreign policy; Policy; politics; Protest; reform; social history

EditorDr Ian Cawood
FundersUniversity of Birmingham
Publication date31/12/2016
Publication date online16/05/2016
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of publicationLondon

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Dr Ian Cawood

Dr Ian Cawood

Associate Professor, History