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'Safety First': Baldwin, the Conservative party, and the 1929 general election

Williamson, P

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P Williamson



Abstract

The Conservative party's preparations for the 1929 general election have been harshly treated by historians. Because the election was lost, they have understandably concentrated on explaining the defeat and so looked for weaknesses in Conservative leadership, policies and organization. It is also understandable that in the light of subsequent economic analysis, the Conservative election platform of ‘Safety First’ has suffered badly from comparison with the Keynesian-style policies of the Liberal party programme, We can conquer unemployment. But the contention here is that all too easily such hindsight has impeded a proper understanding of Conservative policies and tactics.

Citation

Williamson, P. (1982). 'Safety First': Baldwin, the Conservative party, and the 1929 general election. Historical Journal, 25(2), 385-409. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0018246x00011614

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 1982
Deposit Date Feb 27, 2013
Publicly Available Date Feb 27, 2013
Journal Historical Journal
Print ISSN 0018-246X
Electronic ISSN 1469-5103
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 385-409
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0018246x00011614

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© Copyright Cambridge University Press 1982. This paper has been published in a revised form subsequent to editorial input by Cambridge University Press in the 'Historical journal' (25: 2 (1982) 385-409) http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HIS





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