The Labour Governments, 1945-51 by Henry PellingThe Labour Governments, 1945-51 by Henry Pelling

The Labour Governments, 1945-51

byHenry Pelling

Hardcover | May 3, 1984

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This book, by the author of the best-seller 'Winston Churchill' , is a concise reassessment of the first postwar British Governments based upon original sources - a task not previously attempted by any scholar. While sympathetic to Labour's aims in the 1945 general election campaign - which itself receives fresh treatment - Henry Pelling exposes areas of difficulty and weakness in the Government's strategy and uncovers the doubts and hesitations of its leaders. Much of the evidence comes from official papers recently released to the Public Record Office; but the private papers of Attlee, Morrison, Bevin and Dalton, among others, have been drawn upon to add details to the story. For the first time, too, there is a study of the importance of Marshall Aid, as well as of the friction that is occassioned behind-the-scenes with the Truman Administration and the US Congress. Highly readable, this book makes a major contribution to recent history and to a better understanding of the present political and international situation.
DR HENRY PELLING is Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and Emeritus Reader in Recent British History.Born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, and educated at Birkenhead School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he read classics initially and then (after fours years' service in the British Army during the Second World War) history. In 19...
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Title:The Labour Governments, 1945-51Format:HardcoverDimensions:313 pages, 21.6 × 14 × 0.03 inPublished:May 3, 1984Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333363566

ISBN - 13:9780333363560

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List of illustrations Preface Introduction The 1945 General Election Prime Minister, Cabinet and Party Problems of Post-war Reconstruction, 1945-6 Morrison and Nationalisation The Making of the Welfare State Bevin and Labour Foreign Policy Labour and the Empire 1947: Year of Crises Britain and Marshall Aid, 1947-50 Labour and the 1950 Election: The Prospect and the Outcome On the Defensive, 1950-1 Conclusion Appendix A: List of Cabinet Ministers, 1945-51 Appendix B: List of Unpublished Sources Cited Appendix C: List of Speical Abbreviations used in the Notes Notes and References Index