This A–Z biographical dictionary profiles Britain's prime ministers, foreign secretaries, home secretaries, and Chancellors of the Exchequer, from 1730 through the present—all in clear, concise language.
Provides a wealth of fascinating factual and analytical information about all those who held the "Great Offices." It also includes entries on the four politicians who occupied the post of secretary of state for the American colonies. An essential reference work for those interested in British history since 1730.
These leaders guided the nation through the loss of empire, through two devastating world wars, and into a new role as members of the European Union. In clear, accessible language, this new dictionary shows how in the 18th century, and to a lesser extent in the 19th century, many of Britain's top leaders were linked more closely by family and factional interests than by party. It also illustrates—and helps to explain—the rise of the Labour Party and the emergence of "New Labour."
• Detailed biographical essays on 198 top British leaders, from William Pitt to Tony Blair
• 48 photographs, portraits, and cartoons including many political cartoons from World War II
• Chronological list of leaders by cabinet office—prime ministers, chancellors of the exchequer, foreign secretaries, and home secretaries
• An extensive bibliography and index
• Illustrates British political history from 1730 to the present by exploring the stories of the 197 men and one woman who led the country
• Follows the decline of one of the world's greatest empires from the perspective of those who oversaw its breakup
• Answers such questions as, Who was Britain's only foreign-born prime minister? and Who is the only leading British politician to have committed suicide?