A Question of Leadership

A Question of Leadership : From Gladstone to Blair

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Britain in the 20th century is in many senses uncharted territory for historians, territory by and large left to sociologists and political theorists. In a series of essays on British political leaders from Gladstone and Salisbury through Lloyd George, Churchill and Attlee to Thatcher, Peter Clarke looks at the questions of how individual leaders have shaped the history of the UK, interacting with the social and economic forces beloved of sociologists, tackling the questions of how important is political leadership, and how much is history determined by socio-economic trends and how much by the decisions of individuals.show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 180g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • facsimiles
  • 0140284036
  • 9780140284034

Review Text

Peter Clarke has added, for the new edition of these brilliant essays on leading figures in British politics of the past hundred-odd years, an epilogue about John Major to round off his splendidly complete coverage. He combines a biographer's grasp of method and motive with a historian's understanding of policies, a manager's grasp on the economy, and a compellingly clear style of writing. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Victorian values? Gladstone - the politics of moral populism; the authentic voice of conservatism - Lord salisbury; Joseph Chamberlain -the first modern politician; Asquith and Lloyd George - misalliances; the businesslike approach - Neville Chamberlain; Churchill - lost empires. Part 2 A new agenda: Keynes - academic scribbler or political dabbler? Part 3 Isms and wasms: the tutelary politics of Hugh Dalton; Attlee - the making of the post-war consensus; Macmillan - the lessons of the past; Bevan versus Gaitskell - splitting the difference; the decay of labourism and the demise of the SDP; Thatcherism - the remaking of the Conservative Party; Blair - moral populism reappropriated.show more