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Parliament and Politics in the Age of Asquith and Lloyd George
The Diaries of Cecil Harmsworth MP, 1909–22


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  • Date Published: June 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107162457

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About the Authors
  • Cecil Bisshop Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth (1869–1948), was the younger brother of the press proprietors Lord Northcliffe and Lord Rothermere. Although he played a role in the early development of the Harmsworth journalistic empire, Cecil chose a political career. He served as Liberal MP for Droitwich from 1906 to 1910, and for Luton from 1911 to 1922. After holding a number of minor government positions under Asquith, Harmsworth became a member of Lloyd George's War Cabinet Secretariat in 1917, and from 1919 to 1922 served as Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office. Harmsworth's diary forms a highly readable record of the politics of the period, detailing late-night Commons sittings and the rough and tumble of the campaign trail, as well as giving skilful pen-portraits of the major figures of the day. Northcliffe complained that Harmsworth lacked the ambition to make it to the front rank of politics, but his diary is a fascinating source.

    • The diary of Cecil Harmsworth, who was a Liberal MP from 1906–1922 under Herbert Asquith and Lloyd George
    • Offers skilful pen-portraits of the major political figures of the time
    • Gives an insight into the politics of the period, from late-night Commons sittings to the campaign trail
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107162457
    • length: 367 pages
    • dimensions: 223 x 145 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    The diaries
    1. 1909
    2. 1910
    3. 1911
    4. 1912
    5. 1913
    6. 1914
    7. 1915
    8. 1916
    9. 1917
    10. 1918
    11. 1919
    12. 1920
    13. 1921
    14. 1922

  • Editors

    Andrew Thorpe, University of Exeter
    Andrew Thorpe is Pro Vice Chancellor for Humanities at the University of Exeter. His books include studies of the 1931 crisis, British Communism, and party politics in the Second World War. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    Richard Toye, University of Exeter
    Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He has published widely in the field of political history, including three books on Winston Churchill. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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