Gladstone and Disraeli

Simon Lemieux provides guidance on essays comparing the performance of the two adversaries in Victorian Britain.

If we were to apply the language of gardening to AS/A2 level History, then Gladstone and Disraeli could be described as 'hardy perennials'! That is to say, they have featured prominently in previous A-Level courses across the exam boards, and this remains just as true for the new post 16 syllabuses. The aim of this article is to guide you through some of the main styles of questions frequently asked by examiners on these two personalities. The aim is not so much to give you masses of historical facts, but rather to enable you to organise and apply your knowledge to best effect in the relevant modules.

The general headings under which questions on 'Dizzy' and 'the Grand Old Man' tend to appear are as follows:

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