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|Named Person:||Joseph Chamberlain; Joseph Chamberlain; Joseph Chamberlain; Joseph Chamberlain|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Peter T Marsh
|Description:||xvii, 725 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Peter T. Marsh.|
The vast range of Chamberlain's life has defeated many previous biographers. After twelve years of exhaustive study in archives around the globe, Marsh has produced the first full, archivally-based, single-volume account. Skillfully dissecting the political career, he reveals Chamberlain's radically individual approach to most of Britain's problems between the Second Reform Act and the First World War. Marsh highlights too the distortions and discontinuities: the breach with Gladstone over Irish Home Rule, which drove Chamberlain from the left of the Liberal party into enduring alliance with the Conservative right; the scourge of the House of Lords who became its champion; the free trader who died a protectionist. And he explains the internationalism, the involvement in South Africa, Canada and the United States, and the sustained campaign to develop the British Empire's 'undeveloped estates'.
Searching and judicious, the book evokes the contradictions in Chamberlain's personality and private life, the vigour, intensity and imperious self-confidence alongside the inner desolation and lifelong nervous strain. It makes compelling reading, presenting a life story which is one of the most absorbing in modern British politics.
- Chamberlain, Joseph, -- 1836-1914.
- Statesmen -- Great Britain -- Biography.
- Industrialists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901.
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1901-1910.
- Chamberlain, Joseph.
- Hommes d'État -- Grande-Bretagne -- Biographies.
- Industriels -- Grande-Bretagne -- Biographies.
- Grande-Bretagne -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1837-1901.
- Grande-Bretagne -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1901-1910.
- Great Britain