Heath Government, 1970-1974: A Reappraisal / Edition 2

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Balfour's illuminating study is more than a personal biography, although it traces Castro's evolution from student leader to head of state (challenging many common assumptions about his path to power and the nature of his Cuban regime in the process). It analyses the peculiar historical conditions that enabled Castro to seize and maintain power, arguing that his popular appeal rested on an identification with a century-old struggle for national regeneration. It locates the source of his political ideas more in Cuba's radical nationalist traditions than in Marxism-Leninism. And it goes beyond the Cuban Revolution itself to explore the decades of Castro's rule thereafter, explaining how it was that Cuba came to play an international role so disproportionate to the country's size and economic weight. Sebastian Balfour assesses Castro's charismatic appeal and use of the mass media. He examines the role of elite groups within the regime, and the changing perception of Cubans about their leader. He considers Castro's economic record; and his updated text now reviews the struggle of the increasingly isolated and battered regime against apparently overwhelming pressures for change. Charismatic, controversial and now at bay, Castro has had an astonishing impact on the world's stage. This appraisal is cool but not unsympathetic, avoiding the simplifications of right-wing denunciation and left-wing hagiography. In its updated form, it is still the best introduction to the subject available to the student and the non-specialist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582259928
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/23/1996
  • Series: Profiles in Power Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 The Heath government in history 1
2 The Prime Minister and the making of policy 21
3 Number 10 under Edward Heath 47
4 The Heath government, Whitehall and the civil service 75
5 The Heath government and the British economy 107
6 The Heath government, industrial policy and the 'New Capitalism' 139
7 The Heath government and industrial relations: myth and reality 161
8 The social policy of the Heath government 191
9 Immigration and the Heath government 215
10 The Heath government and Northern Ireland 235
11 The Heath government and British entry into the European Community 259
12 The foreign policy of the Heath government 285
13 The Conservative Party and the Heath government 315
14 The fatal choice: the calling of the February 1974 election 351
15 The fall of Heath and the end of the postwar settlement 371
16 A chronology of the Heath government 391
Appendix The Heath Cabinet 1970-1974 407
Index 411
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