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Balfour
A Political Biography

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Part of Conference on British Studies Biographical Series

  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521088817

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  • This biography analyses the long political career of Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930), the Conservative politician who became the first Earl of Balfour. Professor Zebel stresses the extraordinary nature of Balfour's career, divided as it was into two specific periods. The first, dating from his entry into Parliament in 1874, and his rapid advancement as a result of family connections, comprised his period as Chief Secretary for Ireland in which he distinguished himself with his policy of 'killing Home Rule with kindness' - his leadership of the Unionists in the House of Commons, and his premiership from 1902 to 1905 in succession to his uncle, Lord Salisbury. The second, beginning in 1914, followed the period of political retirement which resulted from his party's defeat in the 1906 elections and his own loss of the party leadership in 1911. It was the more constructive.

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521088817
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Early Years 1848–1876
    2. Apprenticeship in Politics - and Philosophy 1874–1880
    3. The Fourth Party 1880–1885
    4. The 'Great Man's Great Man' 1885–1887
    5. 'The Smartest Irish Secretary' 1887–1891
    6. Conservative Leader in Commons and Deputy-Premier 1891–1902
    7. Prime Minister 1902–1905
    8. Defeat and Repudiation 1906–1911
    9. Eclipse - and Re-emergence 1912–1915
    10. First Lord of the Admiralty 1915–1916
    11. Foreign Secretary 1916–1919
    12. The Elder Statesman 1920–1930.

  • Author

    Sydney H. Zebel, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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