The Politico's Book of the Dead

Author: Iain Dale

Publisher: Politicos Pub


Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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A collection of political notables - the weird and wonderful alongside the famous and infamous - have returned from beyond the grave to haunt the pages of The Politico's Book of the Dead. Harold Wilson, John Smith, Willie Whitelaw and Lord David Sutch are here, along with the even more fabled political giants Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby (their obituaries provided by the creators of Yes, Minister) and Labour Prime Minister Harry Perkins (by the man who knew him best, Chris Mullin, author of A Very British Coup). Those judged more critically by history include Oswald Mosley, Horatio Bottomley and John Stonehouse. But the less fabled also qualify, among them Sir Frederic Bennett, who believed that CND was a front for the KGB; Philip Piratin, the Communist MP for Mile End elected in 1945; Gordon Reece, who persuaded Margaret Thatcher to speak more softly; and Norah Runge, who sensationally took Rotherhithe for the Tories in 1931.


The Vital Center of American Politics, from the Founding to Today

Author: David S. Brown

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469629240

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

View: 2775


The fierce polarization of contemporary politics has encouraged Americans to read back into their nation's past a perpetual ideological struggle between liberals and conservatives. However, in this timely book, David S. Brown advances an original interpretation that stresses the critical role of moderate statesmen, ideas, and alliances in making our political system work. Beginning with John Adams and including such key figures as Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and Bill Clinton, Brown charts the vital if uneven progress of centrism through the centuries. Moderate opposition to both New England and southern secessionists during the early republic and later resistance to industrial oligarchy and the modern Sunbelt right are part of this persuasion's far-reaching legacy. Time and again moderates, operating under a broad canopy of coalitions, have come together to reshape the nation's electoral landscape. Today's bitter partisanship encourages us to deny that such a moderate tradition is part of our historical development--one dating back to the Constitutional Convention. Brown offers a less polemical and far more compelling assessment of our politics.

Men Who Made Labour

Author: Alan Haworth,Dianne Hayter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135390487

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8118


Celebrating the centenary of the Parliamentary Labour Party, this fascinating book commemorates the twenty-nine founding Labour MPs elected in 1906, including Labour’s first Prime Minister, first Chancellor of the Exchequer, first Minister of Labour, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. With a foreword by Tony Blair, Men Who Made Labour focuses on the pioneers’ origins, expectations, world vision and achievements in the context of early twentieth-century conditions, when the prospect of any Labour government was still a distant dream. Drawing upon a vast array of previously unpublished material, and with obituaries primarily written by the twenty-first century successors to those original MPs, the text provides a unique insight into how today’s politicians view their party’s past – ensuring that it is an excellent resource for all politics and modern history students, as well as general readers with an interest in the area.

Argentina's Partisan Past

Nationalism and the Politics of History

Author: Michael Goebel

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1781386137

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 5372


Argentina's Partisan Past is a challenging new study about the production, the spread and the use of understandings of national history and identity for political purposes in twentieth-century Argentina. Based on extensive research of primary and published sources, it analyses how nationalist views about what it meant to be Argentine were built into the country's long drawn-out crisis of liberal democracy from the 1930s to the 1980s. Eschewing the notion of any straightforward relationship between cultural customs, ideas and political practices, the study seeks to provide a more nuanced framework for understanding the interplay between popular culture, intellectuals and the state in the promotion, co-option and repression of conflicting narratives about the nation's history. Particular attention is given to the conditions for the production and the political use of cultural goods, especially the writings of historians. The intimate linkage between history and politics, it is argued, helped Argentina's partisan past of the period following independence to cast its shadow onto the middle decades of the twentieth century. This process is scrutinised within the framework of recent approaches to the study of nationalism, in an attempt to communicate the major scholarly debates of this field with the case of Argentina. The book is a valuable resource to both students of Argentine history and those interested in the ways in which nationalism has shaped our contemporary world.