Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Rory Muir: Wellington After Waterloo

"When Wellington’s government fell in late 1830, the Whigs came into office for the first time in a generation, and set about consolidating their grip on power by radically redistributing parliamentary seats and changing the franchise in ways that favored them and their liberal allies. These changes, known to us as the “Great Reform Act” and lauded by liberal Victorian historians as far-sighted and altruistic, appeared little more than a crude gerrymander to Wellington and other conservatives who opposed them with great determination although without success."