Quite conservative on the matter: historian investigates political party's most successful era

Posted by hct16 at May 31, 2013 05:50 PM |
University of Leicester historian makes largest ever study of the Conservative Party

Professor Stuart Ball from the University’s School of Historical Studies has analysed data from the widest possible range of sources to shed light on the Conservative Party’s dominance of the House of Commons for nearly thirty years between the two World Wars.

‘Portrait of a Party: The Conservative Party in Britain 1918 -1945’ is based on the widest possible range of original sources, including the personal papers of over 50 leading figures and 85 backbench MPs and the party’s records nationally and locally, and research on the party has never been conducted on this scale before, especially at the local level.

According to Professor Ball, The Conservative Party has long been wracked by right-wing revolts, but history shows that the party leaders who have paid heed to the views of the grass-roots membership have overseen the party’s greatest successes.

Professor Ball stated that the book illustrates how the modern Conservative Party grew thanks to its adaptability to a radically changing environment after 1918, and the party’s resilience in defeat.

Portrait of a Party: The Conservative Party in Britain 1918-1945 is published by Oxford University Press, priced at £85.

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