Reginald McKenna

Financier Among Statesmen, 1863-1916

by: Martin Farr

Reginald McKenna
Author: Martin Farr

Publisher: Routledge

Series: British Politics and Society

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Format: Paperback / softback

Publication date: 26 June 2012

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ISBN: 0415543096 ISBN 13: 9780415543095

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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 the neglect of this major statesmen and financier partly through the natural advance of historical research, and partly by the discoveries 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. Top page

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Publisher & Imprint: Routledge

City: London

Pages: 404

More info: height 229 mm width 152 mm

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Age recommended: General/trade

Subject Indexing & Classification Dewey:(DC23) 941.081092

Departments: Central government;

Record updated at: 16 October, 2014 time: 15:14

Summary Reginald McKenna One: Beginnings, 1863-1895 Two: Opposition backbencher, 1895-1905 Three: Finance and education, 1905-1908 Four: First Lord of the Admiralty, 1908-1911 Five: Home Secretary, 1911-1915 Six: Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1915-1916 Top page

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