Joseph Chamberlain

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Joseph Chamberlain

Joseph Chamberlain (1836-1914) was a social reformer, radical politician and Imperialist who, despite never becoming Prime Minister, was one of the leading political figures of late Victorian and early Edwardian Britain.

Having made a fortune in screw-making by the age of 38, Chamberlain became deeply involved in the Civic Affairs of Birmingham where he was elected Mayor in 1873. He became a social pioneer with innovative schemes for education, housing and municipal ownership of Gas and Water which earned Birmingham the reputation for model Civic Government.

Subsequently, Chamberlain became a major figure in national politics.  He played important and often controversial role in the major political issues of his day such as Irish Home Rule, The Anglo-Boer War (1849-1902) and international tariffs.

Throughout his career Chamberlain retained a strong political base in Birmingham which was known as his ‘Duchy’ which was centred on his home of Highbury.

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Discordant Echoes
Discordant Echoes

HOW CHAMBERLAIN’S EXCEPTIONALISM BECAME BIRMINGHAM’S PECULIARITY

In Chamberlain, Birmingham,

Visiting South Africa
Visiting South Africa

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Unconditional Loyalty
Unconditional Loyalty

BIRMINGHAM'S VOTERS AND THE 1906 ELECTION

In Chamberlain, Birmingham,

The Transformation of Birmingham
The Transformation of Birmingham

In Chamberlain, Birmingham,

Pre-Membering Joe
Pre-Membering Joe

POPULARITY, POLITICS OR PRIDE?

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'No One Has the Right to be Happy in This Brutal World'
'No One Has the Right to be Happy in This Brutal World'

JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN’S FIRST FORTY YEARS

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Made in Birmingham
Made in Birmingham

JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN’S EARLY POLITICAL CAREER

In Chamberlain, Birmingham,

A Masterful Politician
A Masterful Politician

JOSEPH CHAMBERALIN

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From Paper to Pipes
From Paper to Pipes

PUBLIC HEALTH, CLEAN WATER AND THE ELAN VALLEY SCHEME, 1892-1905

In Birmingham, Chamberlain, Industry,

Exploring the Archives
Exploring the Archives

THE CHAMBERLAIN FAMILY PAPERS

In Chamberlain, University,

Birmingham's Civic Gospel
Birmingham's Civic Gospel

In Chamberlain, Civic Gospel,

'The Beauty of Every Plant and Flower May be Seen'
'The Beauty of Every Plant and Flower May be Seen'

In Chamberlain, Green Spaces,

A Woman's Perspective
A Woman's Perspective

BEATRICE WEBB ON JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN

In Women, Chamberlain,

Joseph Chamberlain
Joseph Chamberlain

BIOGRAPHY

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Slum Clearance
Slum Clearance

AND THE BUILDING OF CORPORATION STREET

In Chamberlain, Birmingham,

Books from History West Midlands

Two Titans, One City
Two Titans, One City
Joseph Chamberlain and George Cadbury

In Birmingham, Chamberlain, Cadbury, Victorian,

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Speeches that changed Britain

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