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T.H. Green, Advanced Liberalism and the Reform Question, 1865-1876

Tyler, Colin



This paper examines Thomas Hill Green's changing attitude to the Reform Question between 1865 and 1876. Section 1 sketches the Radical landscape against which Green advocated reform between 1866 and 1867, paying particular attention to the respective positions of Gladstone, J.S. Mill and Bright on the relationship between responsible citizenship and class membership. Section 2 examines Green's theories of social balance and responsible citizenship at the time of his lectures on the English Civil War. Section 3 argues that, contrary to the established scholarship, Green's Radicalism was closer to Bright than to Gladstone and Mill during this period. Section 4 counters Richter's claim that Green abandoned democracy following the 1874 General Election, while arguing that even sympathetic commentators misunderstand Green's attitude to the Reform Question immediately after this date.


Tyler, C. (2003). T.H. Green, Advanced Liberalism and the Reform Question, 1865-1876. History of European ideas, 29(4), 437-458.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 7, 2003
Online Publication Date Jan 3, 2012
Publication Date 2003-12
Journal History of European Ideas
Print ISSN 0191-6599
Electronic ISSN 1873-541X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 4
Pages 437-458
Keywords T.H. Green; British Idealism; Reform; Franchise; Citizenship; Radicalism; Liberalism; J.S. Mill; John Bright; William Gladstone
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