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Policy Failure

Jonathan Parry: The Party Paradox

19 November 2019
The End Is Nigh: British Politics, Power and the Road to the Second World War 
by Robert Crowcroft.
Oxford, 284 pp., £25, May, 978 0 19 882369 8
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... My aim here is not to review these much discussed policy details but to consider the relationship between this foreign policy crisis and domestic democratic politics. That is the main concern of RobertCrowcroft’s new book, but there may also be broader lessons, of relevance to Britain’s present predicament. A core assumption of those who write about the ‘appeasement’ crisis has always been ...

Sabre-Toothed Teacher

Colin Kidd: Cowling

31 March 2011
The Philosophy, Politics and Religion of British Democracy: Maurice Cowling and Conservatism 
edited by Robert Crowcroft, S.J.D. Green and Richard Whiting.
I.B. Tauris, 327 pp., £54.50, August 2010, 978 1 84511 976 8
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... Maurice Cowling was the English intelligentsia’s self-appointed pantomime ogre. Hamming up his villainy, he deliberately courted boos and hisses. In 1990, on the publication of the second edition of his book Mill and Liberalism (1963), he remembered with delight that one of its original reviewers had ‘obligingly’ described it as ‘“dangerous and unpleasant”, which was what it was intended ...

Educating the Utopians

Jonathan Parry: Parliament’s Hour

18 April 2019
The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000 
edited by David Brown, Robert Crowcroft and Gordon Pentland.
Oxford, 626 pp., £95, April 2018, 978 0 19 871489 7
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... elections and popular politics’. There is only one chapter on women (an enormous field valiantly tackled by Jennifer Davey) and none on race, immigration or imperial identities. One of the editors, RobertCrowcroft, contributes a provocative chapter on the role of the politician in a democracy, which fizzes with ideas but goes to war against ‘left wing’ historians who moralise the political ...

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