The Conservative Party since 1945

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The Conservative Party has been a dominant force in postwar British politics. This book explores the 50 years from Winston Churchill's defeat in 1945 to the long tenure of Margaret Thatcher, then John Major. Themes and events of the period are brought vividly to life through the views and reactions of those involved.
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Overview

The Conservative Party has been a dominant force in postwar British politics. This book explores the 50 years from Winston Churchill's defeat in 1945 to the long tenure of Margaret Thatcher, then John Major. Themes and events of the period are brought vividly to life through the views and reactions of those involved.
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A collection of documents from the British Conservative Party's archives and from personal memoirs documents the changing nature, outlook and policies of the party between its electoral defeats in 1945 and 1997, during which it ruled for nearly 35 of the 52 years. They consider leaders and leadership, the Parliamentary Party, the party organization, home affairs such as governments and elections, external affairs from the Empire to Europe, and the party's relations to the state and society. A chronology, a substantial introduction, and a guide to further reading support the collection. Paper edition (unseen) $24.95. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719040122
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 210

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Chronology of events
Introduction 1
1 Leaders and leadership 20
2 The Parliamentary Party 46
3 The Party organisation 63
4 Home affairs: governments, policies and elections 97
5 External affairs: from Empire to Europe 142
6 Conservatism, the state and society 162
App. 1 Leaders and leadership elections 185
App. 2 Party Chairmen and Chief Whips 188
App. 3 General elections and European elections 190
Guide to further reading 191
Index 201
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