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Lloyd George : statesman or scoundrel

Author: Richard Wilkinson
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris & Company, Limited, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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David Lloyd George left a profound political legacy, despite being described by the wife of his successor, Herbert Asquith, as a 'gambler without foresight'. He is, of course, best known as the Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in World War I, but his contribution to domestic politics was similarly impressive. As Chancellor of the Exchequer he introduced pensions and national insurance against sickness and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wilkinson, Richard.
Lloyd George : A Life in Politics.
[Place of publication not identified] : I.B. Tauris & Company, Limited 2018
(OCoLC)1017956009
Named Person: David Lloyd George; David Lloyd George
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wilkinson
ISBN: 9781786721822 1786721821
OCLC Number: 1020172620
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover Page; Author Bio; Endorsements; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Introduction; 1 The Rise of the Cottage-Bred Man (1863â#x80;#x93;1890); 2 An Unusual Backbencher (1890â#x80;#x93;1905); 3 Cabinet Minister (1906â#x80;#x93;1909); 4 The Political Chancellor (1909â#x80;#x93;1915); 5 The Improbable Warlord (1915â#x80;#x93;1917); 6 The Passchendaele Butcher (1917); 7 The Peacefinder General (1918â#x80;#x93;1922); 8 The Mighty Pen: A Criticism of Lloyd George, the Author; 9 The Higher You Rise ... (October 1922â#x80;#x93;July 1931); 10 Lloyd Georgeâ#x80;#x99;s Families and Friends. 11 An Uneven Old Age (1931â#x80;#x93;1945)Conclusion; Chronology; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Richard Wilkinson.

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David Lloyd George left a profound political legacy, despite being described by the wife of his successor, Herbert Asquith, as a 'gambler without foresight'. He is, of course, best known as the Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in World War I, but his contribution to domestic politics was similarly impressive. As Chancellor of the Exchequer he introduced pensions and national insurance against sickness and unemployment, while as Prime Minister he extended democracy by giving votes to women. Yet Lloyd George was compromised by his flaws as a human being. Vain, cruel, capricious and dishonest, at times his notoriously corrupt nature threatened to damage the British political system. Providing a unique new perspective on one of the most phenomenally-talented - but also one of the most phenomenally-flawed - of British Prime Ministers, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in modern British politics and history.

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