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  • Aldous, Richard. The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs Disraeli (2007)
  • Bebbington, David, and Roger Swift, eds. Gladstone Centenary Essays (2000) online edition
  • Bebbington, David. William Ewart Gladstone: Faith and Politics in Victorian Britain (1993)
  • Biagini, Eugenio F. Liberty, Retrenchment and Reform: Popular Liberalism in the Age of Gladstone, 1860-1880 (1992), explains Gladstone's popularity by its conguence with popular political values
  • Blake, Robert. Disraeli (1967), 819pp standard biography
  • Buxton, S. C. Mr. Gladstone as Chancellor of the Exchequer: A Study (1901), 197pp online edition
  • Checkland, S. G. The Gladstones: A Family Biography 1764-1851 (1971)
  • Cooke, A. B. and John Vincent. The governing passion: cabinet government and party politics in Britain, 1885–86 (1974)
  • Crosby, Travis L. The Two Mr. Gladstones: A Study in Psychology and History. (1997). 287 pp.
  • Daunton, Martin. Trusting Leviathan: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1799-1914. (2002). 438 pp
  • Ensor, Robert. England 1870-1914 (Oxford History of England Series) (1936), 652pp excerpt and text search; online edition
  • Hammond, J. L. Gladstone and the Irish Nation (1938) online edition
  • Harvie, Christopher. "Gladstonianism, the provinces and popular political culture, 1860-1906", in R. Bellamy, ed. Victorian Liberalism: Nineteenth-Century Political Thought and Practice (1990),
  • Jenkins, T. A. Gladstone, Whiggery and the Liberal Party, 1874–1886 (1988)
  • Kinzer, B. L., ed. The Gladstonian Turn of Mind: Essays Presented to J. B. Conacher (1985), essays by scholars
  • Loughlin, J. Gladstone, home rule and the Ulster question, 1882–1893 (1986)
  • Matthew, H. C. G. "Disraeli, Gladstone, and the Politics of Mid-victorian Budgets." Historical Journal 1979 22(3): 615-644. Issn: 0018-246x Fulltext: in Jstor]
  • Meisel, Joseph S. Public Speech and the Culture of Public Life in the Age of Gladstone. (2001). 382 pp.
  • Parry, J. P. Democracy and religion: Gladstone and the Liberal party, 1867–1875 (1986), 504 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Ramm, Agatha. "Gladstone's Religion" The Historical Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2. (Jun., 1985), pp. 327-340. in JSTOR]
  • Ramm, Agatha. Gladstone as Man of Letters. A James Bryce Memorial Lecture (1981),
  • Rathbone, Mark. "Gladstone, Disraeli and the Bulgarian Horrors: Mark Rathbone Compares Gladstone's and Disraeli's Differing Approaches to a Crucial Foreign Policy Issue." History Review #50 (2004) pp 3+. online edition
  • Robinson, R., J. Gallagher, and A. Denny. Africa and the Victorians: The Climax of Imperialism in the Dark Continent (1961) online edition
  • Schreuder, D. M. Gladstone and Kruger: Liberal government and colonial "home rule", 1880–85 (1969)
  • Schroeder, Paul W. "Gladstone as Bismarck" Canadian Journal of History 1980 15(2): 163-195. Issn: 0008-4107 Fulltext: Ebsco, sees little real difference between the two in terms of the impact on Europe
  • Seton-Watson, R. W. Disraeli, Gladstone and the eastern question: a study in diplomacy and party politics (1935) online edition
  • Shannon, Richard. Gladstone: Heroic Minister, 1865-1898 (1999)
  • Shannon, Richard. Gladstone: Peel's Inheritor 1809-1865 (1982)
  • Shannon, Richard. Gladstone and the Bulgarian Agitation 1876 (1963) online edition
  • Shaw, A. Gladstone at the colonial office, 1846 (1986)
  • Steele, David. Lord Salisbury: A Political Biography (2001) online edition
  • Thompson, A. F. "Gladstone's whips and the general election of 1868", English Historical Review, 63 (1948), 189–200 in JSTOR
  • Vincent, John. Gladstone and Ireland (1978), argues his commitment to Home Rule in 1886 was unprincipled and possibly insincere.
  • Vincent, John. The formation of the Liberal party, 1857–1868 (1966), suggests the party lacked deep values and that workers were misled into supporting it
  • Windscheffel, Ruth Clayton. "Gladstone and Scott: family, identity and nation," Scottish Historical Review Volume 86, Number 1: No. 221, April 2007, online at Project Muse

Primary sources

Gladstone published 348 articles, books and pamphlets (37 on the classics, 41 on history and literature, 76 on domestic politics, 60 on foreign affairs, 32 on Irish policy, and 70 on religion); his speeches filled 15,000 columns of Hansard; not to mention the private diary entries now published in 14 large volumes.