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Historical Significance of the Tamworth Manifesto
The Historical Significance of the Tamworth Manifesto
1st Edition 1986 Published by Peel Society, Tamworth UK
Soft cover. Condition Very Good. 1st Edition. Gash's address on the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Tamworth Manifesto + a facsimile of the 1834 printing.
The two volume biography by Norman Gash published in 1961 and 1972 sees Peel as a pragmatic administrator and an instinctively consensual politician whose great achievement was to establish the principles of the modern Conservatism.
Peel’s career took on greater historical significance with the demise of the Liberal party and the impressive record of the Conservatives as the dominant political party in the twentieth century.
For Gash, the Tamworth Manifesto was the key document in the evolution of Conservative ideas with its emphasis that his party must accept the need for gradual change to become a viable party of government and occupy the middle ground in politics.
He argues that Peel helped the Conservatives extend the social basis of their support by appealing to urban middle class voters as well as landowners and farmers. Even the Conservative part, which repudiated his leadership in 1846, was soon forced to learn that there was no alternative but to adopt Peelite approaches to politics.
Gash concluded that the period between 1830 and 1850 in British history was justifiable known as the ‘Age of Peel’.