BALDWIN, Stanley). BELL, Stuart.
Title: Baldwin and the Conservative Party : The Crisis of 1929-1931. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1988, ISBN:0300039611
Seller ID: 115368
(BALDWIN, Stanley). BELL, Stuart. Baldwin and the Conservative Party : The Crisis of 1929-1931. New Haven and London : Yale University Press, 1988. First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-xix,(1),1-266,(2). 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "The Conservative Party was the dominant political force in Britain between the two world wars. This book examines one of the most serious crises in its history. Whilst in opposition during the second Labour government (1929-1931) accumulated tensions within the Conservative Party erupted into the open. Defeat at the polls, disputes over key areas of domestic and imperial policy and growing anxieties about the weakness of the leader of the Party, Stanley Baldwin, combined to produce an explosive situation. At the same time Beaverbrook and Rothermere, the leading press barons, mounted their 'Empire Crusade' -- a public campaign to force the Party to change both policy and leader. The book is based on a wide range of primary sources -- including the private papers of the party leadership and backbench MPs and all traceable surviving records of the local constituency organisations -- permitting an analysis of a fullness and complexity not previously possible. Dr Ball provides a fresh explanation of the crisis and of the character and strategy of Stanley Baldwin, the most important politician ofthe interwar years. He sheds new light on the rise of Neville Chamberlain and the departure of Winston Churchill into the political wilderness. Two further themes are the role of the press and impact of the slump on British politics. Finally Dr Ball reassesses the controversial role of the Conservatives in the most important political event between the wars -- the collapse of the Labour ministry and the formation of the National Government in August 1931. This new analysis of a crisis which contributed to the reconstruction of modern British political life represents essential reading for historians of politics and of the press, and for political scientists." - fromthe dustjacket. Contents: 1. Baldwin and the Conservative Party; 2. The Sh ock of Defeat; 3. The Empire Crusade; 4. The uneasy Truce; 5. The Brink of Collapse; 6. Churchill and India; 7. The Ides of March; 8. The Impact of the Slump; 9. The National Crisis; Conclusion: Power and Authority in Conservative Politics. Appendices: 1. Constituency Opinions on the Causes of Defeat in the 1929 General Election; 2. The Membership of the Empire Crusade; 3.Social Class and the Readership of Newspapers. With notes, bibliography an d index. Previous owner's name inked to the first page, else very good in dustjacket. 30.00