Choose Your Weapons: The British Foreign Secretary (BOK)

Rt Hon Lord Douglas Hurd

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When writing his magnificent life of Robert Peel, Douglas Hurd found himself caught up again in a debate that has always fascinated him - the argument between the noisy popular liberal interventionist approach and the more conservative diplomatic approach concentrating on co-operation between other nations. The argument has run for two centuries - and is at the heart of heated discussion on both sides of the Atlantic today. Hurd concentrates on personalities and circumstances. He begins with the dramatic antagonism after Waterloo between Canning (liberal, populist, interventionist) and Castlereagh (institutions, compromise, real politics) - the last occasion on which ministerial colleagues fought a duel. A generation later comes Palmerston vs Aberdeen, from which Palmerston, the noisy interventionist, emerged the victor. Salisbury and then Edward Grey wrestled with the same dilemma in the context of imperialism (Salisbury) and the European balance of power (Grey). Finally Eden and Bevin, from wholly different backgrounds, combined with the Americans to create a post-war compromise, which served its purpose for half a century, but is coming apart today as the old questions resurface in new and savage forms in an era of terrorism and racial conflict.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Rt Hon Lord Douglas Hurd
Forlag
PHOENIX HOUSE
ISBN 9780753828526
Antall sider 432 Dimensjoner 13,8cm x 21,7cm x 2,7cm
Vekt 398 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form British & Irish history, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, International relations