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National Crisis and National Government: British Politics, the Economy and Empire, 1926-1932 (Hardback)
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National Crisis and National Government: British Politics, the Economy and Empire, 1926-1932 (Hardback)

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Hardback 588 Pages / Published: 16/01/1992
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From 1926 Britain fell into a condition of deep national crisis, which seemed to threaten its domestic stability and international power. By 1932 the effort to contain these problems had transformed British politics and policy. Strains produced by three-party politics, economic recession and imperial difficulties resulted during 1931 in such a severe financial and political crisis that the Labour government collapsed and Conservative, Liberal and some Labour leaders joined together in a National government. Despite large public expenditure cuts and tax increases, and despite devaluation of sterling and a new crisis in the Indian Empire, this government obtained the greatest British election victory of modern times. This 1992 book examines all aspects of the crisis together and in depth, using an extensive range of official, institutional and personal papers.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521361378
Number of pages: 588
Weight: 1030 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'It is a comprehensive study which will no doubt establish Williamson's reputation as a major authority on the high politics of this tense and dramatic period ... The book is a mine of information. New material has been unearthed, often from obscure archives. From such research comes a real understanding of the actors in the drama ... a valuable and highly rewarding contribution to the analysis of a highly significant historical event.' The Durham University Journal
"...important exploration of British politics...an almost day-by-day analysis of high politics. Unlike some of the others, however, this revealing account never loses sight of the broader issues that underlay the maneuverings of the politicians...It is an important corrective to some of the still continuing myths about the interwar years." American Historical Review
"The strength of Philip Williamson's new volume lies...in the very comprehensive and detailed treatment it provides of the political and economic crisis. This reflects the immense range of private papers he has consulted in preparing the book; and it is a tribute to his skills that the result is a remarkably readable account of a highly complex series of events." Times Literary Supplement
"Williamson's dense, complex book may well be one of the most important contributions to British political history in more than a decade....All these developments are examined with care and uncommon clarity in a book that has been researched with unusual depth." Choice
"Williamson's book is absolutely indispensable for anyone who wants to know what was going on in British politics in 1929-31...." Trevor Lloyd, Canadian Journal of History
"Williamson's revisionist account adds immeasurably to our understanding of the crucial transitional years of the second Labour government. In stressing the importance of the Liberal revival to the instability of 1930 and the reconfiguration of 1931, Williamson provides a realistic portrait of the complexities of party control and governance during a hung parliament and convincingly postdates by eight years a process of two-party polarization Maurice Cowling saw to be complete by 1924....Williamson's studies will probably become the classic accounts of the course of high politics...." Susan Pedersen, Journal of British Studies
"Philip Williamson has taken many years to produce this book, and it is a triumph for those who argue that good history can only be written after a long gestation period. However, it is to be hoped that his next book will not take so long, because he is clearly a historian who can see through myths and half-truths and produce really first-class work. For that he is to be congratulated." Andrew Thorpe, Journal of Modern History

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