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  • Published: 15 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409032748
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

The Conservatives - A History




The only single-volume history of the Conservative Party available, written by the ultimate insider and acclaimed historian Robin Harris

The history of the Conservative party has, extraordinarily, never been written in a single-volume, accessible form. There are academic but dull multi-volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope. But now, Robin Harris, Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter and the ultimate party insider, has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tells the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain's historiographical record.

Taking as his starting point the larger than life personalities of the Conservative Party's leaders and prime ministers since its inception, Robin Harris's book also analyses the interconnected themes and issues which have dominated Conservative politics over the years. The careers of Peel, Disraeli, Salisbury, Baldwin, Chamberlain, Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Heath, Thatcher, Major, Hague and Cameron together amount to an alternative history of Britain since the early nineteenth century. This landmark book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or politics, in who we were and why we are the nation we are today.

  • Published: 15 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409032748
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

About the author

Robin Harris

Robin Harris began to work for the Conservative Party in 1978, becoming Director of the Conservative Research Department, a government political adviser and a member of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit. When Mrs Thatcher left Downing Street, so did he, going on to assist her with books and speeches. In recent years, he has written an authoritative history of the city state of Dubrovnik and an acclaimed biography of the French statesman Talleyrand. He is currently working on a biography of Margaret Thatcher. He lives in London.

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