Choose Your Weapons : The British Foreign Secretary
Noisy popular liberal interventionism? Or a more conservative, diplomatic approach concentrating on co-operation between nations? This is the debate that lies at the heart of modern politics and Hurd traces its most interesting and influential exponents.He starts with Canning and Castelreagh in post Waterloo Britain; to a generation later, the victory of the interventionist Palmerston over Aberdeen; then to Salisbury (Imperialism) and Grey (European balance of power); and finally to Eden and Bevin who combined to lay the foundations of a post-war compromise.That delicate balance has served its purpose for over half a century, but as we enter a new era of terrorism and racial conflict, the old questions and divisions are re-surfacing . . .
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 136 x 214 x 34mm | 498.95g
- 12 Apr 2011
- Orion Publishing Co
- WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
- London, United Kingdom
A fascinating insight into the second most powerful job in British politics. * HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER * Unexpectedly enjoyable...it's a spry account with some vivid vignettes. -- Ian Pindar * GUARDIAN * A book of authority and insight -- Dominic Sandbrook * SUNDAY TIMES *
About Rt. Hon Lord Douglas Hurd
Douglas Hurd is a politician, biographer and novelist who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Minister for Europe (1979-83), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1984-85), Home Secretary (1985-89) and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1989-95). His previous books include his MEMOIRS, ROBERT PEEL: A BIOGRAPHY and, with Edward Young, CHOOSE YOUR WEAPONS: THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY - 200 YEARS OF ARGUMENT, SUCCESS AND FAILURE.