This is a study of the development of Clement Attlee and the Labour Party from the collapse of the second Labour Government in August 1931, to their entry into Churchill's coalition in May 1940. It is an examination of how Labour, from being driven from office as unfit to govern, recovered to be seen as essential to the effective prosecution of the war, and how Attlee emerged from relative obscurity to become a central figure in the War Cabinet.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements - Abbreviations - Coming to the Forefront, 1883-1931 - New Concerns: Attlee and the Depression, 1931-1935 - Old Concerns: India and Imperial Affairs, 1931-1935 - New Problems: Attlee and Defence and Foreign Policy, 1931-9135 - From Deputy Leader to Leader, 1931-1935 - Attlee and the International Crisis, 1935-1940 - Imperial and Home Affairs, 1935-1940 - The Leader of the Opposition, 1935-1940 - Conclusion: The Legacy of the 1930s - Notes - Bibliography - Index
JOHN SWIFT is a Lecturer in History at Lancaster University, St Martin's College. He is the author or Peter the Great, and, with John Heywood and Simon Hall, Cassell's Atlas of the Early Modern World.