As the party that has won wars, reversed recessions and held prime
ministerial power more times than any other, the Conservatives have
played an undoubtedly crucial role in the shaping of contemporary
British society. And yet, the leaders who have stood at its helm -
from Sir Robert Peel to David Cameron, via Benjamin Disraeli,
Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher - have steered the party
vessel with enormously varying degrees of success.;With the
widening of the franchise, revolutionary changes to social values
and the growing ubiquity of the media, the requirements, techniques
and goals of Conservative leadership since the party's
nineteenth-century factional breakaway have been forced to evolve
almost beyond recognition - and not all its leaders have managed to
keep up.;This comprehensive and enlightening book considers the
attributes and achievements of each leader in the context of their
respective time and diplomatic landscape, offering a compelling
analytical framework by which they may be judged, detailed personal
biographies from some of the country's foremost political critics,
and exclusive interviews with former leaders themselves.; An
indispensable contribution to the study of party leadership,
British Conservative Leaders is the essential guide to
understanding British political history and governance through the
prism of those who created it.;Contributing authors include Matthew
d'Ancona, Tim Bale, Stuart Ball, Jim Buller, John Campbell, John
Charmley, Charles Clarke, Mark Davies, Patrick Diamond, David
Dutton, Dr Mark Garnett, Richard A. Gaunt, William Hague, Angus
Hawkins, Timothy Heppell, Andrew Holt, Michael Howard, Toby S.
James, Nigel Keohane, Jo-Anne Nadler, T. G. Otte, Anne Perkins,
Robert Saunders, Anthony Seldon, Andrew Taylor, D. R. Thorpe and
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