The Resource Country before party : coalition and the idea of "national government" in modern Britain, 1885-1987, G.R. Searle

Country before party : coalition and the idea of "national government" in modern Britain, 1885-1987, G.R. Searle

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Country before party : coalition and the idea of "national government" in modern Britain, 1885-1987
Title
Country before party
Title remainder
coalition and the idea of "national government" in modern Britain, 1885-1987
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G.R. Searle
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Language
eng
Summary
Because modern British politics is conventionally studied via the political parties, we fail to register just how many important developments have taken place beyond or across the frontiers of the party system. Coalitions, multi-party groupings and "National Governments" have frequently held power - far more often, indeed, than most of us are aware. Even when unsuccessful, the drive for them has left permanent marks on the nation. Moreover, many of the key figures in modern British history - Joseph Chamberlain, David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill amongst them - can only be fully understood within this context, free from the distortions and limitations of the usual party lens. G.R. Searle's invigorating book explores the origins, triumphs, failures and impact of this tradition down to the present. In doing so it does more than retrieve a robust, active and highly influential dimension of British political life from indefensible neglect: it also reveals the whole familiar landscape of modern British political history from a strikingly new angle. Starting with the party realignment of 1886, the book explores the early strivings for 'national' and 'centre' parties involving, amongst many others, Chamberlain and Lord Randolph Churchill and, later, Lord Rosebery and Milner, before considering the coalition ministries of the First World War under Asquith and Lloyd George. It goes on to examine the "National Governments" of the 1930s. It then analyses the coalition government under Winston Churchill in the Second World War, and the implications of the 1945 General Election that returned British politics to what, in the postwar period, often seemed the inevitability of the two-party system. Yet, as Professor Searle shows, even here the coalitionist tradition has proved resilient and resourceful; and his book ends with the vigorous attempts of the Alliance parties to "break the mould" of postwar politics in the 1980s
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Searle, G. R.
Index
index present
LC call number
DA566.7
LC item number
.S37 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Studies in modern history
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  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Great Britain
  • Grande-Bretagne
  • Großbritannien
  • Coalition governments
  • Political parties
  • Nationalism
  • Coalities
  • Gouvernements de coalition
  • Nationalisme
  • Partis politiques
  • Coalition governments
  • Nationalism
  • Political parties
  • Politics and government
  • Coalities
  • Nationalisme
  • Partis politiques
  • Gouvernements de coalition
  • Koalition
  • Nationalismus
  • Geschichte 1885-1987
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Country before party : coalition and the idea of "national government" in modern Britain, 1885-1987, G.R. Searle
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
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ix, 309 pages
Isbn
9780582209510
Lccn
94022618
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)30809604
  • (OCoLC)ocm30809604
Label
Country before party : coalition and the idea of "national government" in modern Britain, 1885-1987, G.R. Searle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
ix, 309 pages
Isbn
9780582209510
Lccn
94022618
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30809604
  • (OCoLC)ocm30809604

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