The Crisis of Conservatism

The Politics, Economics and Ideology of the Conservative Party, 1880-1914

Author: E.H.H. Green

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134763883

Category: History

Page: 432

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The Crisis of Conservatism 1880-1914 offers a new interpretation of Conservative politics in the period 1880-1914 and comes to the startling conclusion that, but for the intervention of the First World War, there may well have been a 'Strange Death of Tory England.'

Ideologies of Conservatism

Conservative Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century

Author: E. H. H. Green

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198205937

Category: Political Science

Page: 309

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'Ideologies of Conservatism will be a great eye-opener to historians and philosophers alike... This is a first-rate, indispensable book. E.H.H. Green's conclusions are based always on scrupulous consideration of the evidence and (most importantly) counter-evidence which his impressive study has unearthed.' -Robert Grant, Times Literary Supplement'Suberbly-researched essays on episodes in Conservative history since 1903... Green has made an impressive and rich contribution.' -English Historical Review'Easy to read and well worth reading... Green is a first-rate historian.' -London Review of Books'Rewarding and provocative assembly of essays... There is a unifying theme running through the book to which each essay makes an accumulating contribution, and which creates both unity and progression in the whole enterprise.' -Rodney Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Review of History'Green is at his best in the deployment of close research into the middlebrows of middle England... The essay on Thatcherism is one of the most subtle in the book, and central to its general construction... Green is particularly good on the contingent interaction between long-term predispositions or discontents, and immediate events and persons. In his essays on the fall of Lloyd George and the rise of Margaret Thatcher, these two strands are interwoven with great skill.' -Rodney Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Review of HistoryIdeologies of Conservatism charts developments and changes in the nature of Conservative political thought and the meaning of Conservatism throughout the twentieth century. It is the only study which blends the history of Conservative thought with the party's political action, and it offers significant new insights into the political culture of the 'Conservative Century'.

The Foundations of the British Conservative Party

Essays on Conservatism from Lord Salisbury to David Cameron

Author: Bradley W. Hart,Richard Carr

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441157239

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This book provides a range of essays on aspects of the British Conservative Party from the late 19th century to the present day. It offers fresh perspectives on Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism; Britain and Europe; UK policy towards Ireland; Conservatism and reform, and the conservative ideology, to name only a few of the key issues explored. An accessible and concise overview, this book is an important primer for anyone studying British politics, history, or social and political theory. Included are contributions by leading scholars in British political history, think tank commentators, and a former Prime Minister. It offers insights into the Conservative Party's staying power in spite of great social and political changes in the UK and the world. It looks at how the party has functioned historically and what its future might be, discussing its ideology and identity with reference to both Labour and Liberal opponents. Fundamentally it considers the conservative appeal to the electorate, conservative policy in both theory and practice, and debates that have taken place within and outside the party itself. Whether interested in Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George, or David Cameron and Nick Clegg, this work is intended to inform and challenge scholars and political practitioners alike.

The Tory World

Deep History and the Tory Theme in British Foreign Policy, 1679-2014

Author: Jeremy Black

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472414306

Category: History

Page: 412

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Political decisions are never taken in a vacuum but are shaped both by current events and historical context. In other words, long-term developments and patterns in which the accumulated memory of what came earlier, can greatly (and sometimes subconsciously) influence subsequent policy choices. Working forward from the later seventeenth century, this book explores the ‘deep history’ of the changing and competing understandings within the Tory party of the role Britain has aspired to play on a world stage. Conservatism has long been one of the major British political tendencies, committed to the defence of established institutions, with a strong sense of the ‘national interest’, and embracing both ‘liberal’ and ‘authoritarian’ views of empire. The Tory party has, moreover, at several times been deeply divided, if not convulsed, by different perspectives on Britain’s international orientation and different positions on foreign and imperial policy. Underlying Tory beliefs upon which views of Britain’s global role were built were often not stated but assumed. As a result they tend to be obscured from historical view. This book seeks to recover and reconsider those beliefs, and to understand how the Tory party has sought to navigate its way through the difficult pathways of foreign and imperial politics, and why this determination outlasted Britain’s rapid decolonisation and was apparently remarkably little affected by it. With a supporting cast from Pitt to Disraeli, Churchill to Thatcher, the book provides a fascinating insight into the influence of history over politics. Moreover it argues that there has been an inherent politicisation of the concept of national interests, such that strategic culture and foreign policy cannot be understood other than in terms of a historically distorted political debate.

A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain

Author: Chris Wrigley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470998814

Category: History

Page: 608

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This Companion brings together 32 new essays by leading historians to provide a reassessment of British history in the early twentieth century. The contributors present lucid introductions to the literature and debates on major aspects of the political, social and economic history of Britain between 1900 and 1939. Examines controversial issues over the social impact of the First World War, especially on women Provides substantial coverage of changes in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as in England Includes a substantial bibliography, which will be a valuable guide to secondary sources

Just Taxes

The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914–1979

Author: Martin Daunton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107320240

Category: History

Page: N.A

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In 1914, taxation was about 10 per cent of GNP; by 1979, taxes had risen to almost half of the total national income, and contributed to the rise of Thatcher. Martin Daunton continues the story begun in Trusting Leviathan, offering an analysis of the politics of acceptance of huge tax rises after the First World War and asks why it did not provoke the same levels of discontent in Britain as it did on the continent. He further questions why acceptance gave way to hostility at the end of this period. Daunton views taxes as the central driving force for equity or efficiency. As such he provides a detailed discussion of their potential in providing revenue for the state, and their use in shaping the social structure and influencing economic growth. Just Taxes places taxation in its proper place, at the centre of modern British history.

By-Elections in British Politics, 1832-1914

Author: Thomas Otte,T. G. Otte,Paul Readman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1843837803

Category: History

Page: 306

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Explores the many issues surrounding by-elections in the period which saw the extension of the franchise, the introduction of the ballot, and the demise of most dual member constituencies.

Imperial Britain

The Empire in British Politics, c. 1880-1932

Author: Andrew S. Thompson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317882539

Category: History

Page: 238

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This new study considers the impact of the empire upon modern British political culture. The economic and cultural legacy of empire have received a great deal of attention, but historians have neglected the effects of empire upon the domestic British political scene. Dr Thompson explores economic, demographic, intellectual and military influences and he shows how parliamentary and party opinion interacted with imperial ideas and interests in the country at large. This is a major new book which explores the ideology of key imperial campaigns, and their popular support. It makes a critical contribution to recent debates -- about the importance of empire to the nature and development of British national identities before and after the First World War.


Author: Ewen Green

Publisher: Haus Publishing

ISBN: 1912208377

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Prime Minister known for announcing "that Britain favoured a homeland for the Jewish People in Palestine."

Rebel on the Right

Henry Page Croft and the Crisis of British Conservatism, 1903-1914

Author: Larry L. Witherell

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136227

Category: Philosophy

Page: 291

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It is argued that it was the Conservative party that experienced the most serious difficulties in the decade prior to 1914, losing three consecutive elections, ousting its own leader in 1911, and being divided into several factions. This book accepts that argument in order to provide a more detailed picture of the political dynamics at work during this crucial period. Through exploring the political manifestations of Edwardian conservatism and peeling away the layers of traditional assumptions, this book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the development of modern British politics. This crisis of Edwardian conservatism is found in the membership, activities, and ideologies of the Conservative party's right wing. Rebel on the Right reconstructs the political career and activities of one of the more colorful, controversial, and prominent members of that wing.

Builders of Empire

Freemasons and British Imperialism, 1717-1927

Author: Jessica L. Harland-Jacobs

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469606658

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

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They built some of the first communal structures on the empire's frontiers. The empire's most powerful proconsuls sought entrance into their lodges. Their public rituals drew dense crowds from Montreal to Madras. The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons were quintessential builders of empire, argues Jessica Harland-Jacobs. In this first study of the relationship between Freemasonry and British imperialism, Harland-Jacobs takes readers on a journey across two centuries and five continents, demonstrating that from the moment it left Britain's shores, Freemasonry proved central to the building and cohesion of the British Empire. The organization formally emerged in 1717 as a fraternity identified with the ideals of Enlightenment cosmopolitanism, such as universal brotherhood, sociability, tolerance, and benevolence. As Freemasonry spread to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia, and Africa, the group's claims of cosmopolitan brotherhood were put to the test. Harland-Jacobs examines the brotherhood's role in diverse colonial settings and the impact of the empire on the brotherhood; in the process, she addresses issues of globalization, supranational identities, imperial power, fraternalism, and masculinity. By tracking an important, identifiable institution across the wide chronological and geographical expanse of the British Empire, Builders of Empire makes a significant contribution to transnational history as well as the history of the Freemasons and imperial Britain.

The Conservatives and British Society, 1880-1990

Author: Martin Francis,Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 342

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This collection of research explores the relationship between the Conservative party and British society since 1880 by focusing on the key themes of ideology, national identity, gender and policy. The focus of the text is not so much on the Conservative party as an institution, as on the party's wider significance in British political culture. It seeks to explain the Conservatives extraordinary electoral success in this period and asserts that this success was both problematic and historically contingent. Part one of this study addresses the question of conservative ideology; part two analyzes the role of national identity in Conservative discourse and policy; part three assesses how Conservatives negotiated the gendered nature of popular politics both before and after the arrival of the equal franchise, and part four examines how Conservative understanding of the relationship between state and society were translated into specific aspects of social and economic policy.

The taming of democracy

the Conservative Party, 1880-1924

Author: Jeremy Smith

Publisher: University Of Wales Press


Category: History

Page: 119

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Öffentliche Geheimnisse

Skandale, Politik und Medien in Deutschland und Grossbritannien 1880-1914

Author: Frank Bösch

Publisher: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag

ISBN: 9783486588576

Category: History

Page: 540

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Die radikale Herausforderung

die politische Kultur der englischen Konservativen zwischen ländlicher Tradition und industrieller Moderne, 1846-1868

Author: Andreas Rödder

Publisher: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag

ISBN: 9783486566550

Category: Conservatism

Page: 574

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The Evolution of the British Party System


Author: Robert C. Self

Publisher: Longman Group United Kingdom


Category: History

Page: 217

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By the end of the nineteenth century, reform and development of the British electoral system had inaugurated a new style of mass politics which fundamentally transformed the face of the British party system. This book traces the evolution of recognisably modern parties from their roots in the 1880s through half a century of dramatic change in organisational structure, electoral competition and constitutional thought. In the House of Commons the Labour Party replaced the Liberals as the radical answer to the Conservative Party. In the country at large the complex web of Victorian social, regional and religious allegiances gave way to a cruder but more dynamic model of modern political loyalties. The transformation at Westminster and in the constituencies is surveyed in relation to changes to the franchise (including the vote for women), class consciousness, political organisation and doctrine. The comprehensive account explains the varying fortunes of the parties in the face of mass democracy, collectivism, the First World War and economic uncertainty. It also provides a critical insight into the debates and conflicts of interpretation which surround this pivotal period in British political history. Robert C. Self is Senior Lecturer in Politics at London Guildhall University.

The Tories and Ireland

Conservative Party Politics and the Home Rule Crisis, 1910-1914

Author: Jeremy Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780716526964

Category: History

Page: 251

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"The purpose of this book is to explain how and why these extraordinary actions occurred. What were they trying to achieve and how did they justify their actions? Why were they willing to pursue such extreme methods?"--BOOK JACKET.