Clement Attlee was the Labour leader from 1935 to 1955, and Prime Minister of the first majority Labour governments in the postwar years from 1945 to 1951. This study examines the man behind the stern exterior, finding ambition and indecision, and a moral vision.
Attlee is undoubtedly one of the key figures in modern British history. An important figure in Churchill's War Cabinet, and premier of the first majority Labour Government, he created the Welfare State, nationalised a substantial part of industry and secured the independence of India. Yet his political stature remains unresolved. Was he Churchill's "modest man with much to be modest about" who squandered the fruits of victory, or, as many now claim, one of the truly great prime ministers? Robert Pearce's lucid and drily amusing study goes behind the stern exterior to find ambition and indecision, and a uniquely moral vision.
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"Robert Pearce's contribution approaches Attlee with rigour and a laudable lack of reverence. His brisk and concise treatment accorded Attlee in this work well suits the subject and will prove of much interest to students of 20th century British history." Imperial and Commonwealth history
Table of Contents
Introduction. Images of Attlee. 1. The Child and the Man. 2. Attlee's Apprenticeship, 1905-31. 3. The Rise to Leadership 1931-35. 4. Attlee and Appeasement. 5. Attlee's War. 6. Elections and the Premiership. 7. Attlee's Governments 1945-51 Domestic Affairs. 8. Attlee's Governments 1945-51 Foreign Affairs. 9. Anti-climax: Opposition and After 1951-67. Conclusion: Attlee in Perspective. Chronology. Further Reading. Index.
Attlee by Robert Pearce
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