A2 History meltdown help- Extension of the Franchise 1832-1917 Watch

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My coursework question is "What was the short term significance of Disraeli in the introduction of the Second Reform Act?", and I have little idea what to put, any advice would be very much appreciated.
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My basic themes are : Disraeli's political opportunism - enhanced power of the Tories as well as his own personal political career

Counter argument - popular pressure- Hyde park riots


Im struggling with o to properly answer the question. Why did all these factors make Disraeli SIGNIFICANT in the passing of the act, rather than explaining causes of the second reform act
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(Original post by Adrian_H)
My basic themes are : Disraeli's political opportunism - enhanced power of the Tories as well as his own personal political career

Counter argument - popular pressure- Hyde park riots


Im struggling with o to properly answer the question. Why did all these factors make Disraeli SIGNIFICANT in the passing of the act, rather than explaining causes of the second reform act
You could try flipping the question round - if Disraeli didn't exist, would the reform act have still gone through? That might help you work out why Disraeli was a significant cause compared to the other causes. (Or... maybe he wasn't significant at all!)

Unfortunately, the question doesn't lend itself that well to being analytical. 'How significant was Disraeli in...' would be easier, methinks. Can you speak to your teacher about it?
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In the immediate term Palmerston dies in 1865, Gladstone proposes a bill in 1866 for a SRA, Disraeli gets into govt and introduced a bill more radical bill for the actual SRA- i think in the short term a Reform Act was going to happen but Disraeli's significance is making it more radical than it would have been
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In the immediate term Palmerston dies in 1865, Gladstone proposes a bill in 1866 for a SRA, Disraeli gets into govt and introduced a bill more radical bill for the actual SRA- i think in the short term a Reform Act was going to happen but Disraeli's significance is making it more radical than it would have been
So - that's a great start.

Do you think the Conservatives would still have tried to 'out-Gladstone' Gladstone if Disraeli hadn't been there?

Do you think that there would have been enough public pressure to cause more far-reaching reform without competition between the two parties...?
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For your first question: the conservatives had been out of power for 20 years and so would have been desperate to regain power so in terms of gaining the 'party political advantage' you could argue yes definitely, nevertheless the G/D rivalry is key

For the second question: The public pressure was definitely key in the notion of reform being introduced but the impact of the upper class nature of politics at the time it is probably most accurate to argue that without the party competition the SRA would not have been as radical as it ended up being
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http://cgshistory.weebly.com/uploads...ct-of-1867.pdf this could be of some help
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