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How valid is this interpretation of Disraeli's career and achievements in the period 1846-1880? In my opinion John Walton makes valid interpretation of Disraeli's political achievements

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"A schemer who hid his opportunism behind a smokescreen of high sounding phrases" (John Walton, an academic historian and specialising in modern British history written in a student textbook, Disraeli 1990) How valid is this interpretation of Disraeli's career and achievements in the period 1846-1880? In my opinion John Walton makes valid interpretation of Disraeli's political achievements within his career. It can be argued that Disraeli's existence within the political world was down to his opportunism. We know that Disraeli was fighting for a position in the House of Commons and to be taken seriously, however it was not until he married Mary Ann Lewis did his career conveniently start to advance. There is no denial he loved his wife, but he took an opportunity that presented itself, when he married her. Her former husband was an Mp and with her contacts and influence she helped kick start Disraeli's real political career. ...read more.

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Another example of Disraeli's opportunism can be seen within the 1874 intoxicating liquors act. This achievement within in his career was an act of opportunism to benefit himself and his campaign. Disraeli extended the opening hours of pubs by 30 minutes. In exchange for this bill Disraeli received increased extra funding for his campaign. This is yet another achievement within Disraeli's career that had an opportunist motive behind it. When looking at the source from John Walton it must be acknowledge with some respect. He is an academic historian who clearly has a thorough understanding of Disraeli and his political career. The extract is taken from a text book about Disraeli so it is not a general sweeping statement. John Walton obviously knows a lot aboput Disraeli, well at least enough to write a book. The book was published in 1990, which tells us that this historian had a lot of time for reflection and worked with probably primary and secondary sources. ...read more.

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They were acts to benefit all his party and the people he was representing. Disraeli made the conservative party ellectable again after years in opposition as a result of the 1846 split. He helped to improve its administration, setting up central office, He gave it some of its core beliefs in the crown, the church and the empire as well as making it the party that had an appeal to all classes and therefore expressed national unity. Disraeli genuinely believed in his ideas and did not have opportunist intention. A lot of his ideas and beliefs were not based on opportunism and the things he did like passing the many reform acts between the years 1874-1878 cannot be described as opportunism. In conclusion I believe that John Walton's interpretation of Disraeli's career and achievements was extremely valid and accurate. There is a lot of evidence that supports John Walton's idea. Also the fact that John Walton is an academic Historian who has studied Disraeli further strengthens the argument that his interpretation is valid. ...read more.

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