Joseph Chamberlain

International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon

  • Ian Cawood
  • Chris Upton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction Did Joseph Chamberlain Really ‘Make the Weather’?

  3. International Statesman

  4. National Leader

  5. Local Icon

  6. Conclusion Joseph Chamberlain: His Reputation and Legacy

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 244-272

About this book


Winston Churchill described Joseph Chamberlain as 'the man who made the weather' for twenty years in British politics between the 1880s and the 1900s. This volume contains contributions on every aspect of Chamberlain's career, including international and cultural perspectives hitherto ignored by his many biographers. It breaks his career into three aspects: his career as an international statesman, defender of British interests and champion of imperial federation; his role as a national leader, opposing Gladstone's crusade for Irish home rule by forming an alliance with the Conservatives, campaigning for social reform and finally advocating a protectionist economic policy to promote British business; and the aspect for which he is still celebrated in his adopted city, as the provider of sanitation, gas lighting, clean water and cultural achievement for Birmingham – a model of civic regeneration that still inspires modern politicians such as Michael Heseltine, Tristram Hunt and David Willetts.


Joseph Chamberlain Imperialism Nineteenth-Century history Liberalism Unionism foreign policy Policy politics Protest reform social history

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Cawood
    • 1
  • Chris Upton
    • 1
  1. 1.Newman UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-70803-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52885-8
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