Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers
Editor : Robert Eccleshall, Graham Walker
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-19455-1
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-19455-3
No of pages : 448
eBook Price : $69.95
Originally Published : 6 Aug 1998
The Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers is a wide-ranging, comprehensive guide to the political lives of Britain's prime ministers from Sir Robert Walpole to Tony Blair. Written by some of the leading authorities on British politics this authoritative dictionary provides essential information about each premiership, including facts and analytical debate.
Each entry has been written to the same formula and contains:
* brief biographical information outlining career history and significant dates and events
* a brief summary of the significance and peculiarities of a particular prime minister followed by a more descriptive and interpretative account of his or her political life and impact on British politics
* references and further reading.
The Biographical Dictionary of British Prime Ministers addresses many of the key themes to understanding the role and impact of particular prime ministers such as: the political context; party management and reform; intra-party intellectual debate; and where relevant the evolution of the office of prime minister. Written for students, scholars and the general reader, this is an invaluable guide to some of Britain's most famous politicians.
''This book works both as a work of reference and as a collection of free-standing essays. As well as providing basic information, each entry contains a cogent discussion of the most recent historical scholarship. It will be a valuable addition to the shelves of serious commentators and scholars in the field.'' -Professor Ben Pimlott, Birkbeck College