Gladstone, Religion and Armenia

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In the second installment from our series on William E. Gladstone, Peter Francis examines the link between the great British Prime Minister’s faith and his commitment to human rights. While his strict, almost severe, religious upbringing had prepared him for a career in the church, as young Gladstone took a different path into politics, his experiences and encounters made way for a more open and ecumenical attitude in his faith. Subsequently, his lifelong commitment to liberty, democracy and human rights came to define much of his political career, including his campaign for the Armenians in the wake of the Hamidian massacres.