Reluctant Icon by Ann Pottinger Saab
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Reluctant Icon
By Ann Pottinger Saab

Reluctant Icon

Gladstone, Bulgaria and the Working Classes, 1856-78

By (author) See other recent books by Ann Pottinger Saab
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $119.00
Your Price: $107.10 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $11.90! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $5.36 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply

Reluctant Icon by Ann Pottinger Saab

Book Description

Support of the Ottoman Empire was official British policy for some 40 years following the Crimean War. A widespread confidence prevailed in England: whatever past and continuing deficiencies might exist, the Ottoman Porte, as the government of the Empire was known in Europe, was determined to westernize and in fact was becoming more British every day. But reports of a series of alleged massacres by the Turks against their Bulgarian subjects scandalized Britain in 1876, igniting a firestorm of protest that shook the nation. "Reluctant Icon" tells the story of one of the social crusades of the Victorian era. Under the leadership of former Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, a loose coalition of Nonconformists, Radicals, and High Churchmen created a climate of indignation over the massacres that was strong enough to call into question the Disraeli government's policy toward the Near East. This analysis draws on contemporary newspaper accounts, parliamentary petitions, and the diaries and personal papers of Gladstone to recreate a pivotal episode in late 19th-century British history. Saab provides an historical backdrop to her study by tracing the multiple sources of strain in British-Ottoman relations that existed before the massacres. She then examines Gladstone's evolving role as public idol and backstage adviser to a coterie of special groups that became bonded to him by a shared moral vision and a sense of continuing emergency. Through the lens of the Bulgarian agitation, Gladstone emerges as a man motivated more by his own complex emotional and political drives than by opportunism, a somewhat different picture from that presented by earlier historians. The heart of the book is Saab's exploration of the nascence and maturation of the militant, extraparliamentary, multiclass protest movement itself, which mobilized the anger of groups previously outside politics such as newly enfranchised working men. "Reluctant Icon" yields insights on Gladstone, on the language of Victorian social protest, and on a national protest movement remarkable as much for its cohesiveness and longevity as for its fervour.

Buy Reluctant Icon book by Ann Pottinger Saab from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674759657
ISBN-10: 0674759656
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 25mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 21-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United States


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Reluctant Icon book by Ann Pottinger Saab and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Ann Pottinger Saab close
» close