Anthony Crosland: A New Biography Kevin Jefferys

ISBN: 9781860661570

Published: April 1st 1999

Hardcover

288 pages


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Anthony Crosland: A New Biography  by  Kevin Jefferys

Anthony Crosland: A New Biography by Kevin Jefferys
April 1st 1999 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781860661570 | 7.39 Mb

Anthony Crosland was one of the most fascinating and important figures in British politics since the war. As a young Labour MP in 1956 he wrote The Future of Socialism, a book which established his reputation as the chief intellectual force behindMoreAnthony Crosland was one of the most fascinating and important figures in British politics since the war. As a young Labour MP in 1956 he wrote The Future of Socialism, a book which established his reputation as the chief intellectual force behind revisionism on the left for a generation to come.

He reached high office in 1976 when James Callaghan appointed him Foreign Secretary. It was widely assumed that Crosland would go on to become Chancellor and mount a serious bid for the party leadership. A career of great promise was cut short, however, when he died in 1977, aged only 58, prompting comparisons with other lost leaders such as Gaitskell and Iain Macleod.

This new study, based upon private papers and interviews with friends and colleagues, provides an integrated account of Croslands writing and political career. The book considers his significance as a proponent of social equality within an affluent society, and assesses his legacy in the aftermath of Labours stunning electoral defeat at the hands of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.



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