Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 1-6
  3. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 7-28
  4. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 29-54
  5. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 55-77
  6. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 78-104
  7. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 105-128
  8. Paul R. Ziegler
    Pages 129-134
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 135-156

About this book


In serving more than fifty years in public life, Palmerston placed his stamp upon nineteenth-century Britain. Born and bred an eighteenth-century aristocrat, he initially seemed out of place in a world stirred by the twin forces of the French and Industrial Revolutions, and more suited to the dandified life of the beau monde. As a conservative politician, he appeared ill fit for an age of reform, and as Foreign Secretary his gunboat diplomacy courted war and revolution at a time when European diplomats were seeking peace and stability.

However, as Paul R. Ziegler's compelling biography shows, the 3rd Viscount Palmerston was a man of contradictions. Despite his aristocratic roots and playboy image, Palmerston was a tireless public servant and a meticulous planner, who identified himself with the people and became their natural spokesperson - a role which culminated in his eventual election as Prime Minister. Whilst fearing the advent of democracy, he was willing to experiment with reform; and although seemingly averse to the onrush of modernity, he nevertheless seized the initiative both at home and abroad in leading his nation into the future.

Taking into account recent scholarship and revisionist approaches, Ziegler authoritatively reviews the life of this well-known political figure and reassesses his contribution to the nineteenth century - demonstrating that, in facing new challenges, Palmerston adjusted himself to the times and helped to usher Britain into the modern age.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Assumption CollegeUSA

About the authors

PAUL R. ZIEGLER is Professor of History at Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Palmerston
  • Authors Paul Ziegler
  • Series Title British History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-67625-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-67626-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-4039-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 156
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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