Parliament and Politics in the Age of Churchill and Attlee: The Headlam Diaries, 1935-1951

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This volume publishes the private diary of a senior Conservative Member of Parliament, Sir Cuthbert Headlam, during the period of the Second World War. Clearly written and highly readable, it gives a fascinating inside view of British public life in those years. Because of its length and coverage, this political diary is uniquely important. It covers the period of 'appeasement' and the coming of the war, the conflict itself, and post-war Labour government and the development of the Cold War. It has much to say about figures such as Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillan.

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'The diaries nevertheless make major contributions in particular areas. The treatment of constituency politics is fascinating.' Twentieth Century British History
Anthony Seldon
Headlam's diaries are an important, and unusual, source for the historian of the early to mid-twentieth century, and for that reason the Royal Historical Society are to be commended for publishing it in their Camden Series...Hedlam provides some sharp and well-informed comments on personalities and politics.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521661430
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/24/2000
  • Series: Camden Fifth Series, #14
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Map of constituencies in the Northern Area; Introduction; North Area Chairman: November 1935 to August 1937; Appeasement and Munich: September 1937 to October 1938; The approach of war: November 1938 to August 1939; The phoney war: September 1939 to May 1940; Return to Parliament: May to October 1940; Winston's war: October 1940 to June 1941; The invasion of Russia: June to December 1941; Dark days: December 1941 to May 1942; 'As bad as ever': May to October 1942; The tide begins to turn: November 1942 to May 1943; The Allies advance: May to December 1943; The Second Front: January to September 1944; The revival of party politics: September 1944 to March 1945; Labour landslide: March to October 1945, May to July 1946; Opposition and crisis: January to July 1947; Reshaping the Party: July to December 1947; The Cold War: January to July 1948; Waiting for the Tory revival: January 1949 to June 1949; Devaluation and deselection: June 1949 to February 1950; The last Parliament: March to May 1950, January to February 1951.

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