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The Neville Chamberlain Diary Letters : Volume 3 The Heir-Apparent, 1928-33 / Edition 1

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Overview

As a primary source of historical evidence and insight, it is difficult to overstate the value and importance of Neville Chamberlain's diary letters to his sisters. They represent the most complete and illuminating 'insider' record of British politics between the wars yet to be published. From 1915 Chamberlain wrote detailed weekly epistles to his sisters until his death in 1940; a confidential account of events covering the quarter of a century during which he stood at the very centre of Conservative and national politics. Beyond the fascination of the historical record of people and events, these letters are extremely valuable for the remarkable light they throw upon the personality and character of the private man lurking behind the austerely forbidding public persona.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840146936
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/18/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Neville Chamberlain - the heir apparent, 1928-1933
1928: 'Winston's plan … changes like a kaleidoscope': derating and the battle for local government reform
1929: 'There is no certainty in politics': Legislative triumph and electoral defeat
1930: 'No confidence is felt in S.B.': Baldwin, Beaverbrook and the Empire Crusade
1931: 'Well, well, it's a funny world': financial crisis and the National Government
1932: 'A very momentous year': the tariff, Lausanne and Ottawa
1933: 'Few Chancellors have had a more difficult task': war debts and unemployment insurance reform
Appendix I: The Chamberlain household and family
Appendix II: Primary sources
Index.
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