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Roy Jenkins: A Retrospective

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Roy Jenkins was a dominating figure in British politics across the four decades before his death in 2003, with an impact and legacy greater than many prime ministers of the period. These essays, by friends and associates of Roy Jenkins from every phase of his life, chart his remarkable career with insight, anecdote, and empathy. Each contributor writes from a close and unique relationship with their subject.

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Overview

Roy Jenkins was a dominating figure in British politics across the four decades before his death in 2003, with an impact and legacy greater than many prime ministers of the period. These essays, by friends and associates of Roy Jenkins from every phase of his life, chart his remarkable career with insight, anecdote, and empathy. Each contributor writes from a close and unique relationship with their subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199274871
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Adonis is special adviser to Tony Blair (since 1998) and was Head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, 2001-3. An Oxford history graduate, he was from 1988 to 1998 successively Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford, Public Policy Editor of the Financial Times, and a columnist and leader-writer on the Observer. His books include studies of the Victorian aristocracy, the rise and fall of the poll tax, the English class system, and the development of modern British government and politics. His biography of Roy Jenkins is forthcoming. Keith Thomas, like Roy Jenkins, was educated at South Wales grammar school (Barry) and at Balliol College, Oxford. He is an Oxford historian who was a college tutor at St John's and, later, President of Corpus Christi. In 2001 he returned to All Souls College, where he was a Fellow in the 1950s. He has been President of the British Academy (1993-7), a Trustee of the British Museum (since 1999). His writings on social and cultural history include Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971) and Man and the Natural World (1983).

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Table of Contents

Roy Jenkins, 1920-2003
1 Youth 3
2 Balliol 11
3 Bletchley 19
4 Backbencher 31
5 Birmingham 51
6 A young home secretary 61
7 Chancellor of the Exchequer 85
8 'The Welsh wrecker' 109
9 The home office again 141
10 A life in caricature 165
11 President of the European Commission 179
12 The European achievement 205
13 SDP 211
14 Glasgow 237
15 Back and forth to the United States 245
16 Oxford's chancellor 253
17 Writer and biographer 271
18 A late friendship 307
A biographer's tale 317
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