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Baldwin By RoyJenkins,

  • Title: Baldwin
  • Author: RoyJenkins
  • ISBN: 9780002175869
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the first biography of Stanley Baldwin for than ten years, although there had been four in the preceding decade This is strange, for Baldwin has recently begun to swim back into fashion In part this is a function of growing nostalgia for his period of power, the 1920s and 1930s Still , however, it is because Mrs Thatcher s brand of Conservative leaderThis is the first biography of Stanley Baldwin for than ten years, although there had been four in the preceding decade This is strange, for Baldwin has recently begun to swim back into fashion In part this is a function of growing nostalgia for his period of power, the 1920s and 1930s Still , however, it is because Mrs Thatcher s brand of Conservative leadership has made him an object of contrasting interest in a way that Harold Macmillan s or Edward Heath s never did When a new exponent of an alternative style temporarily achieves notice, it is now frequently suggested that he might be a new Baldwin This reappraisal is therefore appropriately timed It is written by a skilled political biographer, from a non Conservative, although not personally unsympathetic, standpoint.Baldwin was born in 1867, the son of a rich Worcestershire ironmaster, and educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge He then worked in the family business for twenty years Although the most self conscious countryman amongst British Prime Ministers of the past hundred years or , he was not a country squire and never owned than a few acres of land He did not enter the House of Commons until he was forty, and was not even a junior minister until the threshold of fifty Less than six years later, in 1923, he became Prime Minister and dominated British politics for the next fifteen years the only man of this century to hold the highest office three times.
    Baldwin This is the first biography of Stanley Baldwin for than ten years although there had been four in the preceding decade This is strange for Baldwin has recently begun to swim back into fashion In par

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    1. Succinct outline of Baldwin s life and career, can be read in a few hours to gain an insight into his thoughts and ambitions Somewhat light on his earlier life outside politics.

    2. In many ways Stanley Baldwin was the last of an now outmoded type of prime minister, the kind who aspired to masterly inactivity as the highest goal of his or her tenure In that sense he might be regarded as the last truly conservative prime minister in the sense of simply seeking to maintain the status quo, without attempting dramatic policy formulations or international initiatives Roy Jenkins s book highlights this aspect of Baldwin s premierships by emphasizing his efforts to maintain stabil [...]

    3. An enjoyable shortish biography of a key figure in interwar British politics Jenkins is broadly sympathetic to Baldwin s moderate and easy going approach to politics and writes well of his skills and his ability as a conciliator in a time when extremes in political conflict were growing He is especially good on Baldwin s management of the pretensions of the ugly sisters in the form of Beaverbrook and Rothermere seekers of the harlot s prerogative It s a pity present day politicians lack Baldwin [...]

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