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Portrait of a Party: The Conservative Party in Britain 1918-1945

Stuart Ball


This book is a thematic study of the Conservative Party during one of the most significant and successful periods in its history. The creation of a democratic franchise in 1918 was followed by nearly three decades of Conservative dominance: it was the largest party in the House of Commons and in government for almost 25 years between 1918 and 1945. Stuart Ball begins with an analysis of the foundations of Conservatism: its principles, attitudes and identities. He then examines the nature of the party’s support at general elections by matching voting patterns to the occupational data in the 193 ... More

Keywords: conservative party, conservatism, general elections, parliament, cabinet, party membership, party organisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199667987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199667987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart Ball, author
Reader in Modern History, University of Leicester