For early twenty-first century Britons, the political struggles and social morays of early nineteenth century Ultra-Tories seem completely submerged like Dunwich by the tide of history. So much flowed out with the ‘river god’ in Fitzjames Stephen’s famous description so that we now only dimly perceive the intellectual milieu of Colonel Charles De Laet Waldo Sibthorp (1783-1855) and His Grace Henry Pelham-Clinton, Fourth Duke of Newcastle (1785-1851).
This past week, I had the great fortune of visiting Alnwick Castle to examine the personal archives of the Eighth Duke of Northumberland (1880-1930). I am writing a book chapter analyzing the Eighth Duke’s aristocratic critique of liberalism. The published volume will consist of multiple chapters by international experts on aristocratic responses to liberal and socialist political thought.
Earlier this month, I had the great pleasure of delivering a paper at the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE).
Young people so often are confused as to their life’s direction. In 2001, a popular book on charting life directions reached the New York Times bestseller lists. Titled Quarterlife Crisis: The Unique Challenges of Life in your Twenties, it provided advice to young Americans newly graduated from university and unsure of their next step.
Jonathan Paquette currently studies Modern British political and intellectual history at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.