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Parties at War: Political Organization in Second World War Britain (Hardback)
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Parties at War: Political Organization in Second World War Britain (Hardback)

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Hardback 354 Pages / Published: 08/01/2009
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Political parties formed the cornerstone of the liberal democracy for which Britain claimed it was fighting in the Second World War. However, that conflict represented the most sustained challenge to the British party system during the twentieth century. War forced the suspension of normal electoral politics, and exerted considerable extra demands on the time and loyalties of party activists and organizers. This all posed a serious challenge to the Conservative, Labour and Liberal parties. Parties at War uses an unusually broad and deep range of records of the main political parties to explore how they responded to the challenge of war. Extensive use of the local as well as the national-level papers of the major parties offers a fuller picture than ever previously attempted. Andrew Thorpe focuses on what parties actually did, at both local and national levels, to sustain their organization during the war. He assesses the varying impacts of war, not just on each of the parties, but also over time, and between the different regions and areas of Britain. Thorpe demonstrates how wartime struggles over organization had significance not just for the election of the first majority Labour government in 1945, but also for the longer-term development of 'party' in modern British politics.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199272730
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 686 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 25 mm


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This book is a detailed study of the role of British Political parties during the Second World War ... Andrew Thorpe has written a major comparative study of wartime politics and party organisation. His work deserves to be read not only by students of British Politics but also by a wider audience of historians, sociologists and political scientists * Paolo Morisi, Political Studies Review *
Parties at War should be indispensible reading for anyone interested in the politics of the Second World War. The book benefits from some heroic research in local and regional archives that allowed Thorpe to gain an unrivalled insight into party activity at the grass roots. * Steven Fielding, 20th Century British History *
...a fascinating book... * Keith Simpson, Total Politics *
replete with good scholarship and informed by well-earned expertise. * Duncan Tanner, English Historical Review *

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