The age of Churchill and Eden, 1940-1957 / John Ramsden.Material type: TextSeries: A History of the conservative partyPublication details: London ; New York : Longman, c1995. ISBN: 0582504635Subject(s): Conservative Party (Great Britain) -- History | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1936-1945 | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1945-1964DDC classification: 324.2410409044 LOC classification: JN1129.C7
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -339) and index.
Ch. 1. Conservatives at war, 1940-45 -- Ch. 2. 'The Waterloo of the Conservative Party' - the General Election of 1945 -- Ch. 3. The organisational recovery, 1945-51 -- Ch. 4. Re-stating Conservatism - the Policy Review -- Ch. 5. 'The time of reaping' - winning back power -- Ch. 6. Churchill's last term, 1951-55 -- Ch. 7. The Eden Government, 1955-57.
In this book, Dr. Ramsden recounts the Conservatives' eclipse during the latter part of the Second World War, and explains the Party's crushing defeat in the postwar election of 1945. He reassesses the Tory recovery under the guidance of R. A. Butler and Lord Woolton in the later 1940s, and throws new light on how that recovery was achieved. He discusses the Party's stormy relationship with Churchill, and the efforts of other Conservatives to make him retire. He evaluates the career of Sir Anthony Eden, and the Suez crisis which ended it; and he charts the rise to the premiership of Harold Macmillan. The Age of Churchill and Eden has been written with full access to the Conservative Party's archives, both nationally (including Conservative Central Office, the Party Whips and the Research Department) and locally (the minute books of area and constituency parties).