Lord Salisbury: A Political Biography


David Steele vibrantly captures the life of The Marquess of Salisbury, whose remarkable character and ideas shaped both the history of the United Kingdom and the Tory party in the nineteenth century in this important biography. As Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, he was awarded with popular, and cross-party support for the majority of his policies both at home and abroad. A controversial figure throughout his career, Salisbury was firm in his resistance to Irish Home Rule, an aspect that Steele skillfully scrutinizes in brilliant detail. More than any other British statesman, Lord Salisbury was responsible for the successful international diplomacy that secured Britain's place among the great powers and in guiding the enormous territorial expansion of the British Empire during his time at the Foreign Office. Critically acclaimed in hardcover, this is the first substantial reassessment of this influential leader since the early 1900s that sheds new light on the private and politicalaspects of Lord Salisbury's very public career.

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