Herbert Samuel: A Political Life

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byBernard Wasserstein

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Herbert Samuel's extraordinarily long political life coincided with the long drawn-out sunset of Liberalism as a dominant political force in Britain. His career in the Liberal Party began in the age of Gladstone and ended in the era of Grimond. At the turn of the century Samuel played avital role in the formulation of the `New Liberalism', and later helped translate that doctrine into legislation that laid the foundations of the welfare state. He played a central role in the history of Zionism, serving as first British High Commissioner in Palestine from 1920 to 1925. He returnedto office in the National Government of 1931, and led the Liberal Party between 1931 and 1935. In later life Samuel won a broad public audience as a philosopher, a respected elder statesman, and a much admired broadcaster. Bernard Wasserstein assesses Samuel's importance in British politics and in the emergence of the state of Israel. This accessible and scholarly biography, based on extensive research in all the available sources, provides a revealing portrait of a leading twentieth-century statesman.

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Bernard Wasserstein assesses Samuel's importance in British politics and in the emergence of the state of Israel. This scholarly and readable biography, based on extensive research in all the available sources, provides a revealing portrait of a leading twentieth-century statesman.

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Herbert Samuel's extraordinarily long political life coincided with the long drawn-out sunset of Liberalism as a dominant political force in Britain. His career in the Liberal Party began in the age of Gladstone and ended in the era of Grimond. At the turn of the century Samuel played avital role in the formulation of the `New Libera...

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Bernard Wasserstein assesses Samuel's importance in British politics and in the emergence of the state of Israel. This scholarly and readable biography, based on extensive research in all the available sources, provides a revealing portrait of a leading twentieth-century statesman.

Bernard Wasserstein is the author of Britain and the Jews of Europe 1939-1945 (OUP/Institute of Jewish Affairs 1979, Oxford Paperbacks 1988), and also of The British in Palestine (Basil Blackwell 1990), and The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln (Yale University Press 1988, Penguin 1989)

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:444 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Bernard Wasserstein assesses Samuel's importance in British politics and in the emergence of the state of Israel. This scholarly and readable biography, based on extensive research in all the available sources, provides a revealing portrait of a leading twentieth-century statesman.

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'Professor Wasserstein's account of Samuel's Zionism is eminently full and fair.'London Review of Books