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.
HOW CHAMBERLAIN’S EXCEPTIONALISM BECAME BIRMINGHAM’S PECULIARITY
In Chamberlain, Birmingham,
'No One Has the Right to be Happy in This Brutal World'
JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN’S FIRST FORTY YEARS
From Paper to Pipes
PUBLIC HEALTH, CLEAN WATER AND THE ELAN VALLEY SCHEME, 1892-1905
In Birmingham, Chamberlain, Industry,