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

View: 1977

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.

Mass Conservatism

The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s

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Author: Stuart Ball,Ian Holliday

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135284903

Category: Political Science

Page: 266

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The papers that comprise this volume reveal how people are intent on preserving not only their wealth but culture too. The individual 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 Conservative Party and the Nation

Union, England and Europe

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Author: Arthur Aughey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526101378

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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This book re-examines the claim of the Conservative Party to be the 'national party' and in its politics to express the enduring 'national interest'. It explores the historical character of the Conservative Party, in particular the significance of the nation in its self-understanding. It addresses the political culture of the modern party, one which proclaims a Unionist vocation but rests mainly on English support, and considers how the Englishness of the party is reconciled with the politics of British statecraft. It considers the constitutional challenges which the Conservative Party faces in managing a changing Union, in negotiating a changing Europe and in defining a changing national interest. The book is essential reading not only for students and scholars of the Conservative Party but also for those who want to make sense of the transformations taking place 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'.

The Blueprint

Conservative Parties and their Impact on Canadian Politics

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Author: J.P. Lewis,Joanna Everitt

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1487521685

Category: Canada

Page: 372

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In this collection, J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt bring together a group of up-and coming-political scientists as well as senior scholars to explore the recent history of the Conservative Party of Canada, covering the pre-merger period (1993-2003) and both the minority and majority governments under Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The contributors provide nuanced accounts about the experience of conservatives in Canada which reflect the contemporary evolution of Canadian politics in both policy and practice. They challenge the assumption that Harper's government was built upon traditional "toryism" and reveal the extent to which the agenda of the CPC was shaped by its roots to the Reform and Canadian Alliance Parties. Organized thematically, the volume delves into such topics as interest advocacy, ethno-cultural minorities, gender, the media, foreign policy, and more. The Blueprint showcases the renewed vigour in political studies in Canada while revealing the contradictory story of the modern Conservative Party.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Peace, War and Party Politics

The Conservatives and Europe, 1846-59

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Author: Geoffrey Hicks

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0719096669

Category: HISTORY

Page: 292

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Peace, war and party politics examines the mid-Victorian Conservative Party's significant but overlooked role in British foreign policy and in contemporary debate about Britain's relations with Europe. The book considers the Conservatives' response - in opposition and 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 a detailed 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, and incorporates a provocative 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. Overall, it helps to provide us with a fuller picture of mid-Victorian Britain's engagement with the world. This book will be of use to those teaching and studying Victorian politics and foreign policy at all levels in higher education.

The British Conservative Party in the Age of Universal Suffrage

Popular Conservatism, 1918-1929

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Author: Neal Robert McCrillis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 314

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The British Conservative Party in the Age of Universal Suffrage is a study of how Britain's Conservative Party responded to universal suffrage, which passed in two installments, in 1918 and 1928. In particular, Neal R. McCrillis focuses on the development of the popular or mass party, which in the 1920s began to appeal to new voters. To increase its support, the Conservatives created organizations that enrolled more than one million women, who had only recently gained the right to vote, as well as young people and laborers. They also developed effective educational and propaganda methods that gave the party the edge in retaining supporters and winning elections. This book examines both organizational and ideological innovation at the national and local levels. In order to explain the success of the Conservative Party during the interwar years, McCrillis draws on the records of the women's, youth's, and wage earners' organizations of the party. In addition, he has created a sample of constituencies, using local party records and local newspapers to study rank-and-file Conservatism, where he feels the changes in the party were most evident. The British Conservative Party in the Age of Universal Suffrage offers new insights into the history of the Conservative Party and develops a cogent explanation for the party's dominance of British politics for almost eighty years.

From Crisis to Coalition

The Conservative Party, 1997-2010

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Author: P. Dorey,M. Garnett,A. Denham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230307744

Category: History

Page: 216

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In 2010 the Conservative Party returned to office after over a decade of largely ineffective opposition to New Labour. This book explains why it took so long to recover, and why the party was unable to win an overall majority despite the charismatic leadership of David Cameron. It covers all aspects of Conservative Party politics since 1997.