Haldane: The Life of Viscount Haldane of Cloan, K.T., O.M

Haldane: The Life of Viscount Haldane of Cloan, K.T., O.M

Haldane: The Life of Viscount Haldane of Cloan, K.T., O.M

Haldane: The Life of Viscount Haldane of Cloan, K.T., O.M

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My first volume of the Life of Lord Haldane ended virtually with his ejection from office in the spring of 1915 on the formation of the Asquith Coalition Government. But to round off that story I had to entrench somewhat on the war period in order to conclude the volume with Haig's dramatic visit to him after the Victory March through London, a generous answer to the campaign which had driven the architect of victory from office.

In this volume I go back to April 1915; and tell the story of Haldane's gradual return to public life. He began this return with a resumption of his campaign for the reform of our educational system as a prelude to reconstruction after the war. This brought him more and more into touch with the leaders of the Labour Party and his political sympathies with the aims of that party increased, until on the eve of the General Election of 1922, when there was at least a possibility that Labour would come into power, he was expected by the political gossips to become the first Labour Minister of Education.

In fact it was his interest in problems of national defence which brought him into the first Labour Government and caused him to make a curious bargain with Ramsay MacDonald.

His contribution to educational reform, to the reconstruction of Government after the war, to the reorganization of the Committee of Imperial Defence, and his relations with Asquith, Lloyd George, and Ramsay MacDonald, were the chief political interests of his later years; while his philosophic . . .

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