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Choose Your Weapons

Choose Your Weapons

Author: Douglas Hurd
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When writing his magnificent life of Robert Peel, Douglas Hurd found himself caught up again in a debate that has always fascinated him as a former diplomat and Foreign Secretary - the argument between the noisy popular liberal interventionist approach and the more conservative diplomatic approach concentrating on co-operation between other nations. Hurd concentrates on personalities and circumstances, beginning with the dramatic antagonism after Waterloo between Canning (liberal, populist, interventionist) and Castlereagh (institutions, compromise, real politics) - the last occasion on which ministerial colleagues fought a duel. Other personalities include Palmerston vs Aberdeen; Disraeli and his old friend and Foreign Secretary, Lord Derby; Salisbury and Edward Grey; and Eden and Bevin, who combined with the Americans to create a post-war compromise, which is coming apart today in an era of terrorism and racial conflict.


'A page-turning book about the history of British foreign policy' INDEPENDENT

Author description

Douglas Hurd was an MP from 1974 to 1997, he served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. He is the (co-)author of many thrillers, his MEMOIRS and the highly acclaimed ROBERT PEEL.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9780753828526
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : 0.5
  • : January 2011
  • : 216mm X 135mm X 31mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Douglas Hurd
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 327.41
  • : 448
  • : Illustrations (some col.), col. map, ports. (some col.)