The Conservatives - A History

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Author: Robin Harris

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409032744

Category: History

Page: 640

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The history of the Conservative party has, extraordinarily, rarely been written in a single volume for the general reader. There are academic multi-volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope. But now, Robin Harris, Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter and party insider, has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tells the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain's historiographical record. Taking as his starting point the larger than life personalities of the Conservative Party's leaders and prime ministers since its inception, Robin Harris's book also analyses the interconnected themes and issues which have dominated Conservative politics over the years. The careers of Peel, Disraeli, Salisbury, Baldwin, Chamberlain, Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague and Cameron together amount to an alternative history of Britain since the early nineteenth century. This landmark book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or politics, or anyone who has ever wondered how Britain came to be the nation it is today.

An appetite for power

a history of the Conservative Party since 1830

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Author: John Ramsden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 562

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This text covers the history of the Conservative Party from its formation as an identifiable political entity in 1714 until the late 20th century including the disastrous 1997 election and the confusion in which the party found itself.

The Conservative Party and British Politics 1902 - 1951

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Author: Stuart Ball

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317897293

Category: History

Page: 176

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The history of the Conservative Party during the first half of the twentieth century was marked by crisis and controversy, from Joseph Chamberlain's tariff reform campaign through the Lloyd George coalition and the National Government between the wars to the defeat of 1945 and the post war recovery. This study provides a lucid account of this turbulent and formative period in the history of the most durable and adaptive force in modern British politics.

Ideologies of Conservatism

Conservative Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century

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Author: E. H. H. Green

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198205937

Category: Political Science

Page: 309

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'Ideologies of Conservatism will be a great eye-opener to historians and philosophers alike... This is a first-rate, indispensable book. E.H.H. Green's conclusions are based always on scrupulous consideration of the evidence and (most importantly) counter-evidence which his impressive study has unearthed.' -Robert Grant, Times Literary Supplement'Suberbly-researched essays on episodes in Conservative history since 1903... Green has made an impressive and rich contribution.' -English Historical Review'Easy to read and well worth reading... Green is a first-rate historian.' -London Review of Books'Rewarding and provocative assembly of essays... There is a unifying theme running through the book to which each essay makes an accumulating contribution, and which creates both unity and progression in the whole enterprise.' -Rodney Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Review of History'Green is at his best in the deployment of close research into the middlebrows of middle England... The essay on Thatcherism is one of the most subtle in the book, and central to its general construction... Green is particularly good on the contingent interaction between long-term predispositions or discontents, and immediate events and persons. In his essays on the fall of Lloyd George and the rise of Margaret Thatcher, these two strands are interwoven with great skill.' -Rodney Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Review of HistoryIdeologies of Conservatism charts developments and changes in the nature of Conservative political thought and the meaning of Conservatism throughout the twentieth century. It is the only study which blends the history of Conservative thought with the party's political action, and it offers significant new insights into the political culture of the 'Conservative Century'.

Mass Conservatism

The Conservatives and the Public Since the 1880s

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Author: Stuart Ball,Ian Holliday

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780714652238

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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These papers reveal that people are by nature intent on preserving their wealth and culture and that this has an effect on how they vote. The contributions identify the key arguments used to coax voters, whose natural sympathies might gravitate to the left, to vote for the Conservative Party en masse.

The Conservatives in Crisis

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Author: Mark Garnett,Philip Lynch

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719063312

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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This book should be of value to students of contemporary British politics.

British Conservatism and Trade Unionism, 1945–1964

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Author: Peter Dorey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131717206X

Category: History

Page: 218

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For most of the twentieth century, the Conservative Party engaged in an ongoing struggle to curb the power of the trade unions, culminating in the radical legislation of the Thatcher governments. Yet, as this book shows, for a brief period between the end of the Second World War and the election of Harold Wilson's Labour government in 1964, the Conservative Party adopted a remarkably constructive and conciliatory approach to the trade unions, dubbed 'voluntarism'. During this time the party leadership made strenuous efforts to avoid, as far as was politically possible, confrontation with, or legislation against, the trade unions, even when this incurred the wrath of some Conservative backbenchers and the Party's mass membership. In explaining why the Conservative leadership sought to avoid conflict with the trade unions, this study considers the economic circumstances of the period in question, the political environment, electoral considerations, the perspective adopted by the Conservative leadership in comprehending industrial relations and explaining conflict in the workplace, and the personalities of both the Conservative leadership and the key figures in the trade unions. Making extensive use of primary and archival sources it explains why the 1945-64 period was unique in the Conservative Party's approach to Britain's trade unions. By 1964, though, even hitherto Conservative defenders of voluntarism were acknowledging that some form of official inquiry into the conduct and operation of trade British unionism, as a prelude to legislation, was necessary, thereby signifying that the heyday of 'voluntarism' and cordial relations between senior Conservatives and the trade unions was coming to an end.

A History of Conservative Politics Since 1830

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Author: John Charmley

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137019638

Category: History

Page: 304

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The second edition of this successful text has been thoroughly updated to take into account recent research, and now begins at 1830. Charmley examines the history of the party and takes the story through the recent 'wilderness years' following the 1997 election fiasco, right up to David Cameron's leadership.

Angst und Schrecken im Wahlkampf

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Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641172144

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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Zwölf Monate aus dem Leben des legendären Gonzojournalisten 1972 hat Hunter S. Thompson die Tour des amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlkampfes begleitet und in diesem Buch schonungslos Bilanz gezogen. Er enthüllt die Intrigen hinter den Kulissen des Wahlkampfes und entlarvt dabei die Mechanismen des politischen Machtkampfes. Ein kritisches Statement, das noch immer Gültigkeit hat.

Cameron and the Conservatives

The Transition to Coalition Government

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Author: Timothy Heppell,David Seawright

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230314104

Category: Political Science

Page: 268

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Specialists in Conservative Party politics examine the effectiveness of the Cameron led coalition. The contributors examine Cameron as leader and Prime Minister; the Conservatives' modernization strategy; the level of ideological coherence in "liberal conservatism"; and the impact of the coalition on a range of policy areas and on "New" Labour.

The Conservatives and Industrial Efficiency, 1951-1964

Thirteen Wasted Years?

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Author: Nick Tiratsoo,Jim Tomlinson,Senior Lecturer in Economics Jim Tomlinson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134725035

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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The Conservatives and Industrial Efficiency, 1951-1964 responds to the need for a full assessment of the Conservatives performance in this crucial period. Drawing upon a wide range of archival sources, Nick Tiratsoo and Jim Tomlinson explore the different aspects of the efficiency question. Beginning with the major issue of attempts in the 1950s to americanize British industry, the authors also discuss the Conservatives policy on ompetition, education and training, investment and research and development. This new survey reveals that the Conservatives were informed about each of these issues, yet shrank from effective reform. They were, rather, reduced to inertia by ideological dilemmas, internal party antagonisms and conflicting strategic objectives. Tiratsoo and Tomlinson conclude that 1951 - 1964 were indeed 'thirteen wasted years'. This book will be of interest to all those concerned with the post-1945 economic and political history of Britain.

Conservative Women

A History of Women and the Conservative Party, 1874–1997

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Author: G. Maguire

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230376126

Category: History

Page: 242

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The primary objective of Maguire's study is to consider the evolution of women's role in the Conservative Party since the time of Disraeli and try to assess whether it has always been one of progress. To do this she examines not only the attitude of women to the party and the official attitude of the party towards women but also the degree of acceptance that Conservative men have shown towards women members. It considers women at all levels, from that of the voter to the grassroots organization to national politics.

The Conservatives

Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History

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Author: Patrick Allitt

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300155298

Category: History

Page: 336

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This lively book traces the development of American conservatism from Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Daniel Webster, through Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Herbert Hoover, to William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and William Kristol. Conservatism has assumed a variety of forms, historian Patrick Allitt argues, because it has been chiefly reactive, responding to perceived threats and challenges at different moments in the nation's history. While few Americans described themselves as conservatives before the 1930s, certain groups, beginning with the Federalists in the 1790s, can reasonably be thought of in that way. The book discusses changing ideas about what ought to be conserved, and why. Conservatives sometimes favored but at other times opposed a strong central government, sometimes criticized free-market capitalism but at other times supported it. Some denigrated democracy while others championed it. Core elements, however, have connected thinkers in a specifically American conservative tradition, in particular a skepticism about human equality and fears for the survival of civilization. Allitt brings the story of that tradition to the end of the twentieth century, examining how conservatives rose to dominance during the Cold War. Throughout the book he offers original insights into the connections between the development of conservatism and the larger history of the nation.

Der Churchill-Faktor

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Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608101128

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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Mit fulminanter Erzählfreude und einem pointensicheren Gespür für die erhellende Anekdote schildert Boris Johnson Leben und Charakter des bedeutendsten britischen Staatsmannes des 20. Jahrhunderts (1874 –1965). Fasziniert von der Einmaligkeit, dem Humor und Sprachwitz, dem Abenteurertum, den politischen und literarisch-künstlerischen Leistungen seines Helden, hat er eine ebenso kenntnisreiche wie hinreißende Liebeserklärung an Winston S. Churchill verfasst. Mit britischer Nonchalance zeigt Johnson, was die Jahrhundertgestalt Churchill jedem von uns heute noch bedeuten kann.

British Conservatism and the Legal Regulation of Intimate Relationships

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Author: Andrew Gilbert

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1509915893

Category: Law

Page: 256

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What does conservatism, as a body of political thought, say about the legal regulation of intimate relationships, and to what extent has this thought influenced the Conservative Party's approach to family law? With this question as its focus, this book explores the relationship between family law, conservatism and the Conservative Party since the 1980s. Taking a politico- and socio-legal perspective, the discussion draws on an expansive reading of Hansard as well as recently released archival material. The study first sets out the political tradition of conservatism, relying largely on the work of Edmund Burke, before going on to analyse the discourse around the development of four crucial statutes in the field, namely: the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984; the Family Law Act 1996; the Civil Partnership Act 2004; and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. This work offers the first extended synthesis of family law, conservative political thought and Conservative Party politics, and as such provides significant new insight into how family law is made.

Peace, War and Party Politics

The Conservatives and Europe, 1846-59

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Author: Geoffrey Hicks

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719075957

Category: History

Page: 268

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The book considers the Conservatives' response - in opposition and in government - to the tumultuous era of Napoleon III, the Crimean War and Italian unification. Within a clear chronological framework, it focuses on 'high' politics, and offers an account of the party's foreign policy in government under its longest-serving but forgotten leader, the fourteenth Earl of Derby. It attaches equal significance to domestic politics, examining the Conservatives' attempts to utilise foreign policy in opposition, as they sought advantage against the dominant Palmerston and his liberal allies. It incorporates a new analysis of Disraeli's role in internal tussles over policy, illuminating the roots of the power struggle he would later win against Derby's son in the 1870s.

American Conservatism

History, Theory and Practice

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Author: Brian R. Farmer

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press

ISBN: 1904303544

Category: Political Science

Page: 470

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American Conservatism: History, Theory, and Practice from Brian R. Farmer is a history of conservatism in the United States that illuminates the odyssey of American conservatism beginning with the Pilgrims and Puritans of the early colonial period and proceeding through the Revolutionary era, the Antebellum period, the Age of Laissez-Faire, Post-Depression Conservatism, the Reagan Era, and concluding with the ideologies and policies of the George W. Bush Administration, arguably the most ideologically driven conservative administration in American history. Conservatism in general and the multiple facets of conservatism are defined, and the political socialization process that produces and perpetuates political ideologies in general and conservatism in particular are presented, to lay the groundwork for the rich history of American people, policies, and events that have surrounded those conservative ideologies that follows. Farmer provides a tool for those interested in American Politics in general and American conservatism in particular with a tool that helps explain the historical development of American ideological conservatism, both in a theoretical sense, and in a policy sense, and thus draws a connection between the American past and what must be considered an exceptional conservative American administration, even by American standards, under George W. Bush. Farmer illustrates that the basic ideological underpinnings that have driven the Bush administration that have generally been viewed by Europeans as "exceptional," have been present in American politics since its earliest colonial beginnings with the Puritans and been carried forward by the ideological descendants of the Puritans from that time through the present. In essence, the form of American conservative "exceptionalism" exhibited during the Bush administration was present in American politics from the very beginning and has continued through the present, albeit in a more extreme form since the traditional ideological conservatives currently dominate all three branches of the American government and the terror attacks of 9/11 allowed them to garner popular support for their "exceptional" programs.

Clear Blue Water?

The Conservative Party and the Welfare State Since 1940

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Author: Robert M. Page

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847429866

Category: Philosophy

Page: 201

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Written for a broad readership, the book takes an authoritative look at Conservative party policy and practice in the modern era. Its time-defined content and broad historical thread make it a valuable resource for academics and students in social policy and politics as well as social history.