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House of Lords Reform: A History: Volume 1. The Origins to 1937: Proposals Deferred. Book One: The Origins to 1911. Book Two: 1911-1937
     

House of Lords Reform: A History: Volume 1. The Origins to 1937: Proposals Deferred. Book One: The Origins to 1911. Book Two: 1911-1937

by Peter Raina
 

One of the peculiarities of British history is the development of a constitution headed by the Crown and the two Houses of Parliament. This system emerged to become a balance of democracy, efficiency and moderation that became the admiration of the world.
The contribution of the House of Lords to this balance is all too often overlooked. In this richly

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One of the peculiarities of British history is the development of a constitution headed by the Crown and the two Houses of Parliament. This system emerged to become a balance of democracy, efficiency and moderation that became the admiration of the world.
The contribution of the House of Lords to this balance is all too often overlooked. In this richly documented two-volume work, the author offers a detailed examination of the Lords’ constitutional position and the predicament they faced as the Commons increasingly championed popular rule. With a landowning membership based on the hereditary principle, the Lords struggled to adapt. Yet, valiant attempts were made. The author gives us the first thorough, full-length history of the Lords’ ambiguous responses to the new democracy and the stream of arguments, proposals and bills raised for reform of their House.
Drawing on speeches, letters, reports and memoranda of the times (some never previously published), the book brings to life the inner wranglings and arresting personalities, the hopes and anxieties and the sheer frustrations of a House divided between entrenched interests and idealism, and often threatened by progressives outside.
The two books in Volume One cover the period from the medieval origins of the House of Lords and proceed, through many tumultuous events, to the outbreak of the Second World War.

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«Raina has produced a work of scholarship that is useful and fascinating for constitutional historians and lawyers. It is a very informative source book with some documents never previously published.» (George Devenish, The South African Law Journal 129, 2012/1)
«Pour qui souhaite comprendre les institutions britanniques, cet ouvrage constitue une mine d’informations, le tout présenté (...) dans une prose des plus élégantes.» (F.R. van der Mensbrugghe, Revue de droit international et de droit comparé 3/2012)
«These massive volumes are magisterial in their learning, spot-on in the insight that has guided Peter Raina’s choice of materials, and indispensable in the understanding they provide of the way the British polity has grappled with the question of its second legislative chamber.» (Jeremy Waldron, University Professor and Professor of Law, New York University)
«Your book, a magnum opus, is a major breakthrough in a process which has been so difficult, ever since 1911 and before.» (Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth, Honorary Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783034307499
Publisher:
Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date:
08/30/2011
Pages:
1227
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Raina is currently Visiting Research Scholar, Faculty of History, Oxford University. He has been Senior Research Associate, Balliol College, Oxford, and Honorary Member of the High Table and Associate Member of the Senior Common Room, Christ Church, Oxford.

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