Prime Minister Portillo: And Other Things that Never Happened

Prime Minister Portillo: And Other Things that Never Happened

by Duncan Brack, Iain Dale
     
 

In this book a collection of distinguished commentators consider how things might have been otherwise. Among them are Sir Bernard Ingham, who ponders the consequences of Margaret Thatcher's resignation over the Westland crisis; John Charmley, who asks, 'What if Lord Halifax had become Prime Minister in 1940 instead of Churchill?'; and Anne Perkins, who wonders how the… See more details below

Overview

In this book a collection of distinguished commentators consider how things might have been otherwise. Among them are Sir Bernard Ingham, who ponders the consequences of Margaret Thatcher's resignation over the Westland crisis; John Charmley, who asks, 'What if Lord Halifax had become Prime Minister in 1940 instead of Churchill?'; and Anne Perkins, who wonders how the history of the Labour Party would have unfolded had Aneurin Bevan outlived Hugh Gaitskell.

Diverting and thought-provoking as they can be, counterfactuals also have a serious historical purpose, for close examination of what did not happen serves to test interpretations of what actually did happen, and provides a prism through which the great events can be viewed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842750698
Publisher:
Politico's Publishing Limited
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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