The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris

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review The Conservatives A History º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Robin Harris ↠ 0 characters free download The Conservatives A History The history of the Conservative party has extraordinarily rarely been written in a single volume for the general reader There are academic multi volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope But now Robin Harris Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter and party insider has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tell. A history of the Conservative Party is like almost any political party in itself always likely to divide opinion There will be those who come at the book from the angle of its opponents and who thus expect an apologia or at very least a justification for past policy supporters will expect an exhortation of a grand institution and a hope for its future Neither will be satisfied by this volume As a pragmatist with no party loyalties I have to say I m not satisfied either This is history written by someone who appears not to regularly read itThe form of the book is a series of analyses of the various eras of Conservative Party development These are not necessarily the individual leaders rather groups of leaders combined under the banner of the one whom the author sees as defining the period For the most part this goes without comment although oddly the author feels the need to justify the decision when it comes to including John Major in the chapter on Thatcher s Party The last chapter is defined as Cameron s Party with a uestion mark as if the author is unsure a future writer would see the present party leader as defining the period from 1997 until whenever that era is seen to endThe structure is not really the problem as long as the divisions seem logical The problem is that the book is heavily focused on the personality of each leader and his or her various spats with the party and his or her rivals than it is with the history or the actual politics One could often be forgiven for thinking the opposition or when the Tories were the opposition the government were irrelevant The history of a political party cannot be told without reference to the broader political movements of its time but freuently this seems to be beneath the author s noticeHistorical events can also be given short shrift when they are mentioned A passage may mention the impact of an event such as The Phoenix Park murders without mentioning either where Phoenix Park is not the Park and Ride in Nottingham but a park in Ireland or indeed who was actually murdered the chief secretary for Ireland and his under secretary Other events will be unnecessarily foreshadowed and then dwelt on It s all a bit amateurBut the thing which fatally undermines the book is the obvious bias of the writer All historians have biases of course and will freuently cherry pick reports to suit their views or draw conclusions about the outcomes of events which the evidence doesn t necessarily support What they don t usually do is pass personal judgement on the people whose history they are writing So it s fine to say that Macmillan was to the left of his party but not then to criticise him for itFinally the modern era feels rushed as if the author were desperate to avoid returning his advance After dwelling on the 1950s for so long it felt as it were in real time the era from 1975 to 2010 is dismissed with alarming speed This is not because the author feels it too soon to pass judgement on those years in fact passing judgement is pretty much all he does but I feel like I learned about Margaret Thatcher from the uestion Time special after her death than I did in her chapter in this history In the end anyone interested in the history of the Conservative Party is either going to have to read one of the books exploring the histories of the various leaders or for the modern years wait until Dominic Sandbrook catches up with present times

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review The Conservatives A History º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Robin Harris ↠ 0 characters free download The Conservatives A History 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 centuryThis landmark book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in history or politics or anyone who has ever wondered how Britain came to be the nation it is tod. Very interesting but parts of it read like a chronology with many references made to grouping and events that were not contextualised or explained which would be problematic for those without a grasp of British political historyOverall a good strong book but probably not strong enough to serve as a single authority on Conservative Party leaders

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review The Conservatives A History º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Robin Harris ↠ 0 characters free download The Conservatives A History S the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain's historiographical recordTaking 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. You have to understand something before you can properly criticise itIn that respect this book has been very useful


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    The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris free download The Conservatives A History Just wondering if the book contains this interesting storyPS I am aware that this review is completely below the belt The fact that a party contains a few paedophile serial killers tells us absolutely nothing about the value of their

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    characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Robin Harris The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris Robin Harris ↠ 0 characters “There is properly no history; only biography” so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson Robin Harris in The Conservatives A History has remained true to this dictum writing what is in effect a biography of the Conservative Party Thomas Carlyle would have approved inasmuch as it is an account of the great and not so great who have made their mark on one of the most remarkable and enduring political associations in history It’

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    The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris By Daniel Boomsma At first sight it does not seem difficult to be a Conservative” the essayist and journalist Walter Bagehot 1826 1877 once wrote And indeed he was right But it will occur to those who study conservatism thoroughly that it is only ”at first sight” that conservatism seems a simple way of t

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    The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris This is a poor book and that is a shame because as the author notes in his introduction there are few single volume general histories of the Conservative party It is an even greater shame because Robin Harris's scholarship is fine an

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    Robin Harris ↠ 0 characters characters ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Robin Harris free download The Conservatives A History Good introductory history of the Conservative Party As with any book of this size and scope depth must be sacrificed; nevertheless Harris is good at conveying the general feel of each era and at discussing the main incidents I personally felt as if Harris warmed up from the 50s onwards but this is perhaps understandable gi

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    The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris Very interesting but parts of it read like a chronology with many references made to grouping and events that were not contextualised or explained which would be problematic for those without a grasp of British political historyOverall a good strong book but probably not strong enough to serve as a single authority on Conservative Party leade

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    free download The Conservatives A History Robin Harris ↠ 0 characters The Conservatives A History (E–pub/E–book) ☆ Robin Harris Largely enjoyable though Harris seems particularly dismissive of Conservative leaders he dislikes and glosses over the negatives of those who he likes Though it is a readable overview of Conservative history which I would recommend to others who like myself do not have a particularly deep knowledge of the party

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  • Hardcover
  • 640
  • The Conservatives A History
  • Robin Harris
  • English
  • 23 September 2019
  • 9780593065112