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The Cliveden Set By Norman Rose

The Cliveden Set
by Norman Rose

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The "Cliveden set" included leading politicians, academics, bankers, writers and newspaper editors who gathered at the wealthy country estate of Nancy and Waldorf Astor. But in the late 1930s it was identified as a treacherous cabal seeking to manipulate foreign policy in its own class interests.
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The Cliveden Set: Portrait of an Exclusive Fraternity by Norman Rose

The Cliveden Set had its roots in South Africa immediately after the Boer War. Back in England its members formed a self-appointed pressure group. They would often meet at Cliveden or 4 St. James's Square in London - the homes of the American-born multi-millionaire Waldorf, 2nd Viscount Astor and his wife Nancy, by birth a Virginian belle, and the first woman M.P. to take her seat in the House of Commons. Suddenly in the late 1930s the Set was catapulted into unlooked-for notoriety when Communist journalist Claud Cockburn identified it as a cabal that sought to manipulate, and even determine, British foreign policy including a conspiracy to procure a humiliating, dishonourable settlement with Nazi Germany. "The Washington Post" asserted that the Set constituted "the real centre of British foreign policy," menacing and challenging "the constitutional structures of British democracy." This fascinating book is the first full-length account of the Set and its influence.

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The Cliveden Set Reviews

A lively, entertaining and informative account of one of the stranger episodes to have created a national legend. "Sunday Times" "From the Trade Paperback edition.""

About Norman Rose

Norman Rose holds the Chair of International Relations at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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The Cliveden Set: Portrait of an Exclusive Fraternity by Norman Rose
Norman Rose
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