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Baldwin Papers

Baldwin Papers
A Conservative Statesman, 1908–1947

  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521580809


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  • As Conservative party leader from 1923 to 1937 and three times prime minister, Stanley Baldwin was one of the pre-eminent public figures of interwar Britain. This edition of his letters, reports of his private conversations and related documents and illustrations, has two purposes. It publishes sources giving considerable insight into the nature and conduct of Conservative politics and government, with inside accounts of such national events as the destruction of the Lloyd George coalition, the protectionist election, and the Abdication. It also provides a documentary life and portrait of an intriguing, much-liked but controversial statesman. The personal qualities of few modern politicians have aroused so much puzzlement and criticism as Baldwin's. This volume will therefore be indispensable for understanding his character and career and for future studies of British politics and public life in the 1920s and 1930s.

    • Indispensable edition of three times' prime minister Stanley Baldwin's letters and conversations
    • Contains copies of original documents on national events, including the first publication of the chief government documents on the Abdication
    • Includes a documentary life and portrait of Stanley Baldwin
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'Tom Jones, one of Baldwin's closest confidants, once told Vincent Massey that Baldwin had 'goodwill' but was hobbled by 'indecision and mental indolence'. These papers do not entirely acquit Baldwin of such charges but they show a man of generosity, decency and total integrity.' The Spectator

    Review of the hardback: '… magnificent volume … this collection of letters, memos, notes and extracts from others do give a rounded picture of a thoroughly decent man - perhaps the most quintessentially English prime minister of the last century or more.' The House Magazine

    Review of the hardback: '… a fascinating collection of papers - put together with scholarship and presented in a most attractive format …' The House Magazine

    Review of the hardback: '… an invaluable tool … an interesting read … gives a valuable insight into the Conservative perspective of events during the 1920s and 30s.' Open History

    Review of the hardback: 'This enjoyable selection well shows why Baldwin, as Churchill admitted in 1935, enjoyed 'a fund of personal goodwill and public confidence'. Cambridge University Press has done a great service to the memory of a much maligned figure'. Contemporary Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521580809
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Businessman-MP and junior minister 1908–March 1921
    2. The Coalition Cabinet, April 1921–October 1922
    3. Chancellor and prime minister, October 1922–September 1923
    4. Protection and its aftermath, October 1923–January 1924
    5. Leader of the opposition, January–October 1924
    6. Baldwin's second government, November 1924–June 1929
    7. The second opposition period, June 1929–August 1931
    8. The National government, August 1931–June 1935
    9. Prime minister again, June 1935–November 1936
    10. The abdication crisis
    11. Into retirement, December 1936–May 1937
    12. Elder statesman, June 1937–April 1940
    13. Last years, May 1940–December 1947
    Appendices: A. Family trees
    B. The People interview, 18 May 1924
    C. Palmstierna's memoir
    D. The prime minister's staff and daily routine
    E. Baldwin collections.

  • Editors

    Philip Williamson, University of Durham

    Edward Baldwin

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