Fifty Key Figures in Twentieth Century British Politics

Fifty Key Figures in Twentieth Century British Politics

Fifty Key Figures in Twentieth Century British Politics

Fifty Key Figures in Twentieth Century British Politics

Synopsis

This guidebook provides a complete overview of the lives and influence of fifty major figures in modern British political history. Reflecting the changes within British society and politics over the past century, the entries chart the development of key contemporary issues such as women's rights, immigration and the emergence of New Labour. Figures covered include: * Winston Churchill * Tony Blair * Emmeline Pankhurst * David Lloyd George * Margaret Thatcher * John Maynard Keynes * Enoch Powell * Barbara Castle With cross-referenced entries and helpful suggestions for further reading, this book is an essential guide for all those with an interest in understanding the dominating issues of modern British politics.

Excerpt

This book contains relatively brief essays (from 800 to 3,000 words) on fifty of the political figures of the twentieth century whom I consider have made a significant political impact, for good or ill. Undoubtedly, other historians would have produced a different list—and would possibly have included the likes of Tony Benn and Shirley Williams—which may, from their point of view, have been as justified as final list that I have produced. Indeed, my original listing of more than 70 politicians included both Benn and Williams. Yet the listing of any historian would certainly have differed on the more marginal figures. What is certain is that all lists would have included at least half of those examined: for example, Clement Attlee, Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George.

All the biographical sketches outline the career and political importance of the particular figure being examined. They also indicate the most relevant related biographies to read and list, in a bibliography, the most useful books on the subject. There are no footnotes but the sources of precise quotes are bracketed in the main text and often listed in the bibliography.

Keith Laybourn

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