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The chapter on space is less centred on Salisbury, as the author presents not only the places where the statesman lived but also the situation of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland at the time. The pages on Ireland are of great interest, as they show how British politicians not only the Tory ones viewed this island: 'It was China; it was Mars. It presented to the mind mythologies about the sapping effect of Roman Catholicism, the limitations of Celtic blood and brain, how not to arrange inheritance and land law, about the overwhelming incapacity of these distinctive Untermenschen to run their own lives in a responsible way' In a few words Bentley manages to throw light on a whole frame of mind.

Life in Victorian Britain

Chapter 3, which is devoted to society, studies the relationships with other nationalities, with women and with the middle classes as well as the working classes. Bentley's presentation of the Tory conception of society helps the reader understand some aspects of Conservative policies both at home and abroad: 'Society for late-Victorian Tories was, like God, English.

Other places had their own societies of a kind, of course, but there was always something wrong with them and they were in any case not our business' The attitude to foreigners and black people is vividly depicted and some quotations remind the reader in this age of political correctness that joking in public about a man's colour was not uncommon.

20th & 21st centuries

The passage on the lower classes is less illuminating. Bentley intends to prove that Salisbury's most disparaging remarks about the working classes were made in the early years of his political career.

Lord Salisbury's World: Conservative Environments in Late-Victorian Britain (British Lives)

However, he fails to show that there was a marked evolution in the politician, in spite of his stance on the housing of the poor. The chapter on 'Thought' is mostly about Salisbury's relations with the intellectual world. The extensive modern literature on these topics rests on the foundations laid by H. Bahlman ed.

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Lord Salisbury's World: Conservative Environments in Late-Victorian Britain

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Personalised recommendations. Cite chapter How to cite? Bentley intends to prove that Salisbury's most disparaging remarks about the working classes were made in the early years of his political career.

However, he fails to show that there was a marked evolution in the politician, in spite of his stance on the housing of the poor. The chapter on 'Thought' is mostly about Salisbury's relations with the intellectual world.

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However, he kept his culture concealed and, as he did not write books, his thoughts reached paper mostly in his correspondence. Bentley places Salisbury in the context of Britain's intellectual classes, whose preoccupations were not only political but also religious. Conservative thinkers, however, were interested in less high-brow topics such as religion, which often meant the Church, and society, which, to them, was often synonymous with the state.


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There follows, therefore, an analysis of the manners in which notions such as democracy, socialism and revolution were perceived by the Tories. The passage on Victoria at the end of the s shows a warlike queen obsessed with Russia, on which the government should declare war as soon as possible. The situation was such that Disraeli was apprehensive that she was losing her sanity. A few pages are also devoted to the notion of state intervention in the last third of the century after a long period dominated by laissez-faire , although Salisbury rarely resorted to it. The chapter on the empire is particularly illuminating as regards the place of the white man in the world.

The superiority of the Whites could have several implications.