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The Resource Macaulay : the tragedy of power, Robert E. Sullivan

Macaulay : the tragedy of power, Robert E. Sullivan

Label
Macaulay : the tragedy of power
Title
Macaulay
Title remainder
the tragedy of power
Statement of responsibility
Robert E. Sullivan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On the 150th anniversary of the death of the English historian and politician Thomas Babington Macaulay, Robert Sullivan offers a portrait of a Victorian life that probes the cost of power, the practice of empire, and the impact of ideas. His Macaulay is a Janus-faced master of the universe: a prominent spokesman for abolishing slavery in the British Empire who cared little for the cause, a forceful advocate for reforming Whig politics but a Machiavellian realist, a soaring parliamentary orator who avoided debate, a self-declared Christian, yet a skeptic and a secularizer of English history and culture, and a stern public moralist who was in love with his two youngest sisters. Perhaps best known in the West for his classic History of England, Macaulay left his most permanent mark on South Asia, where his penal code remains the law. His father ensured that ancient Greek and Latin literature shaped Macaulays mind, but he crippled his heir emotionally. Self-defense taught Macaulay that power, calculation, and duplicity rule politics and human relations. In Macaulays writings, Sullivan unearths a sinister vision of progress that prophesied twentieth-century genocide. That the reverent portrait fashioned by Macaulays distinguished extended family eclipsed his insistent rhetoric about race, subjugation, and civilizing slaughter testifies to the grip of moral obliviousness. Devoting his huge talents to gaining powerabove all for England and its empiremade Macaulays life a tragedy. Sullivan offers an unsurpassed study of an afflicted genius and a thoughtful meditation on the modern ethics of power
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sullivan, Robert E.
Dewey number
  • 941.081092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DA3.M3
LC item number
S85 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay
  • Historians
  • Authors, English
  • Statesmen
  • Great Britain
  • Storbritannien
Label
Macaulay : the tragedy of power, Robert E. Sullivan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Heir -- Star -- Legislator -- Sinister prophet -- Statesman -- Empire builder -- The last ancient historian -- The lion -- Baron Macaulay of Rothley -- Procrastinator -- Praeceptor gentis anglorum -- A broken heart -- Envoi : immortal
Control code
ocn319493417
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
614 p., [1] leaf of plates
Isbn
9780674036246
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009019983
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)319493417
Label
Macaulay : the tragedy of power, Robert E. Sullivan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Heir -- Star -- Legislator -- Sinister prophet -- Statesman -- Empire builder -- The last ancient historian -- The lion -- Baron Macaulay of Rothley -- Procrastinator -- Praeceptor gentis anglorum -- A broken heart -- Envoi : immortal
Control code
ocn319493417
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
614 p., [1] leaf of plates
Isbn
9780674036246
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009019983
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)319493417

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