Young England

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Historical Context Essay

Young England was a small group of conservative MPs who, in the early 1840s, were unhappy with what they perceived as the liberal-leaning tendencies of the Conservative party and, under the leadership of Benjamin Disraeli, coalesced into a political faction that frequently attacked the Conservative leader and Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel. Before Disraeli became its dominant figure, the group was centred on George Smythe, the eldest son of Lord Strangford, who had supported Disraeli’s political aspirations in the 1830s, and Lord John Manners, second son of the 5th Duke of Rutland. Both Smythe and Manners had been at Eton and Cambridge together and formed a close friendship. Also prominent in Young England was another C…

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Clausson, Nils. "Young England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 February 2012
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