Making Aristocracy Work: The Peerage and the Political System in Britain, 1884-1914

Making Aristocracy Work: The Peerage and the Political System in Britain, 1884-1914

by Andrew Adonis
     
 

Making Aristocracy Work explores the political role and activities of the peerage, both inside and outside Parliament, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Adonis examines the House of Lords and its practices during this period, and offers a new interpretation of the constitutional crisis of 1909-1911. He reassesses the strengths and weaknesses of

Overview

Making Aristocracy Work explores the political role and activities of the peerage, both inside and outside Parliament, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Adonis examines the House of Lords and its practices during this period, and offers a new interpretation of the constitutional crisis of 1909-1911. He reassesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Lords, questioning its effectiveness as a revising chamber, but at the same time clearly demonstrating the way it functioned in terms of constitutional tradition. He also examines the non-parliamentary activities of the peerage: their roles in local government and the civil service, and their part in the governing of the empire.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a model monograph, exhaustively researched, tightly organized, and as cleverly written as such a study can be."—American Historical Review

"Accomplished."—Times Literary Supplement

"A welcome addition...scholarly and thorough."—Contemporary Review

"Formidably researched and constantly fascinating."—Observer

"Based on exemplary research into a broad array of private papers, and written with grace, wit, and a nice sense of irony, the book provides a fresh assessment not just of the aristocracy, but of Unionist politics generally."—Albion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198203896
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Series:
Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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Nuffield College, Oxford

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