Reginald McKenna
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Reginald McKenna

Martin Farr

  1. 382 pages
  2. English
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Reginald McKenna

Martin Farr

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About This Book

Reginald McKenna has never been the subject of scholarly attention. This was partly due to his own preference for appearing at the periphery of events even when ostensibly at the centre, and the absence of a significant collection of private papers.

This new book redresses theneglect of this major statesmen and financier partly through the natural advance of historical research, and partly by thediscoveries of missing archival material. McKenna's role is now illuminated by his own reflections, and by the correspondence of friends and colleagues, including Asquith, Churchill, Keynes, Baldwin, Bonar Law, MacDonald, and Chamberlain. McKenna's presence at the hub of political life in the first half of the century is now clear: in the radical Liberal governments of 1905–16, where he acted as a lightning conductor for the party; during the war, where he served as the Prime Minister's deputy and the principal voice for restraint in the conduct of the war; and as chairman of the world's largest bank, where until his death in office aged eighty, he prompted progressive policies to deal with the issues of war debt, trade, mass unemployment, and the return to gold.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Abbreviations
  8. Preface
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. Selective Family Trees
  11. Chronology
  12. Introduction
  13. 1: Beginnings, July 1863 to July 1895
  14. 2: Opposition Backbencher, August 1895 to December 1905
  15. 3: Financial Secretary to the Treasury; President of the Board of Education, December 1905 to April 1908
  16. 4: First Lord of the Admiralty, April 1908 to October 1911
  17. 5: Home Secretary, October 1911 to May 1915
  18. 6: Chancellor of the Exchequer, May 1915 to December 1916
  19. Bibliography
  20. Index