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Neville Chamberlain

Neville Chamberlain

Volume 1. 1869–1929

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894012

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  • This is the first volume of a major two-volume biography of Neville Chamberlain (1869–1940), which matches his ample collection of private papers against the public records, and brings in from other collections of papers letters written to or by Chamberlain. This first volume tells the story of the first sixty years of Chamberlain's life. As well as his role in national politics, it covers his endeavours to prove himself in a different sphere by building up his business concerns in Birmingham, and through service to the city. Chamberlain's family letters and diaries are freely drawn upon. There is much material about Chamberlain's personal relations with his half-brother Austen, Lloyd George, Baldwin and Churchill. Chamberlain is revealed as a figure of wide culture, many international connections, and much reserve in his personal dealings, but with astonishing energy and resourcefulness in administration and boldness in policy.

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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894012
    • length: 680 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 38 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Prologue
    Part I:
    1. The family
    2. highbury
    3. Andros
    4. High hopes
    5. Defeat
    6. A fresh start
    7. Tariffs
    8. 'Wonders never cease'
    9. Greater Birmingham
    10. Lord Mayor
    11. A testing year
    12. national politics
    Part II:
    13. The department of national service
    14. Frustrations
    15. Resignation
    16. Parliament
    17. Unionist politics
    18. The end of the coalition
    19. Office
    20. Minister of health
    21. The treasury
    22. Tariffs revisited
    23. Rebuilding
    24. Return to office
    Part III:
    25. The ministry
    26. The colleagues
    27. Early measures
    28. The general strike
    29. Birmingham concerns
    30. Troubles
    31. Halfway house
    32. Rates
    33. Preparations
    34. The local government act
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    David Dilks, University of Leeds

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