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by Douglas Hurd

  • Author: Douglas Hurd
  • ISBN: 0753823845
  • ISBN13: 978-0753823842
  • ePub: 1202 kb | FB2: 1659 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Historical
  • Publisher: Phoenix (June 12, 2008)
  • Pages: 472
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 102
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Robert Peel ePub download

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Life of one of the greatest British Prime Ministers - by an author who knows the scene from his years as a senior Minister in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet.

Robert Peel: A Biography. The original bobby was, of course, Robert Peel

Robert Peel: A Biography. 416pp, Weidenfeld, £25. Very few politicians bequeath us a word that epitomises an ideal and remains part of the national vocabulary 150 years after their deaths. The affectionate "bobby" is a rare example, although when I joined as an idealistic young "bobby" in the 1960s, I discovered that we were known locally as "the filth" - and that was just one of the politer terms. The original bobby was, of course, Robert Peel. In this new biography, the first for 30 years, Douglas Hurd quotes Lady Palmerston in 1832, saying "here never was such a good invention as that new police. Peele ought to have a statue raised to him if for nothing else.

Like Peel, Douglas Hurd served as Home Secretary and lived through a time of conflict in the Conservative Party. With one eye on the present, Douglas Hurd charts Peel's life and work through the dramas of 19th century politics.

Douglas Hurd was born in 1930 in the market town of Marlborough in Wiltshire. Douglas Hurd – Robert Peel – Orion Publishing Group". Retrieved 15 January 2016. His father Anthony Hurd (later Lord Hurd) and grandfather Sir Percy Hurd were also Members of Parliament  . Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. With one eye on the present, Douglas Hurd charts Peel's life and work through the dramas of 19th-century politics. Described as one of the 19th century’s most dynamic prime ministers, Robert Peel transformed Great Britain into a modern nation. He invented the police force; steered through legislation that allowed Catholics to sit in Parliament; reorganized the criminal justice system; and invented the Conservative Party as it exists today. Above all he tackled poverty by repealing the Corn Laws, and thanks to Peel Britain chose free trade and opened the door for globalization.

Robert Peel (1788-1850), as much as any man in the nineteenth century, transformed Great Britain into a modern nation. He invented our police force, which became a model for the world. He steered through the Bill which allowed Catholics to sit in Parliament. He reorganised the criminal justice system. Above all he tackled poverty by repealing the Corn Laws. Thanks to Peel the most powerful trading nation chose free trade and opened the door for our globalised world of today.

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Robert Peel, as much as any man in the nineteenth century, transformed Great Britain into a modern nation

Robert Peel, as much as any man in the nineteenth century, transformed Great Britain into a modern nation. Peel was not all politics. Douglas Hurd is a politician, biographer and novelist who served in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, as Minister for Europe (1979-83), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1984-85), Home Secretary (1985-89) and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1989-95).

Life of one of the greatest British Prime Ministers - by an author who knows the scene from his years as a senior Minister in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet.

Robert Peel, as much as any man in the nineteenth century, transformed Great Britain into a modern nation. He invented our police force, which became a model for the world. He steered through the Bill which allowed Catholics to sit in Parliament. He reorganised the criminal justice system. Above all he tackled poverty by repealing the Corn Laws. Thanks to Peel the most powerful trading nation chose free trade and opened the door for our globalised world of today.

Peel was not all politics. He built two great houses, filled them with famous pictures and was devoted to a beautiful wife. Many followers never forgave him for splitting his Party. But when in 1850 he was carried home after a fall from his horse crowds gathered outside, mainly of working people, to read the medical bulletins. When he died a few days later, factories closed, flags flew at half mast and thousands contributed small sums to memorials in his honour. He was the man who provided cheap bread and sacrificed his career for the welfare of ordinary people.

Debeme
Being an American I wasn't familiar with the author, who served as an MP from 1974 to 1997 and was Margaret Thatcher's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and also held posts as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. I tend to associate books written by career politicians as being ego projects or fluff pieces. I am very happy to report that this is very much not the case. This is a superb biography of Peel, both as a politician and as a person. It is well written, comprehensive without being tedious or overly drawn out, and is written in a more intelligent style rather than pandering to an audience looking for quick answers and scathing personal denouements.

The author does, very occasionally, reference his own experiences as a career politician in developing a point about his subject. Rather than being distracting or of little value, these asides actually enhance the narrative and are very welcomed by this reader.

Overall a brilliant biography, very highly recommended.
Kuve
I did not know what to expect from Lord Hurd as a writer since so many people of political background prove to be mediocre writers (Roy Jenkins for one) I am impressed. Hurd does a great job of discussing this important man and his role in British history. His discussion of the early career and time in Ireland to his defeat by the Whigs with help by Disraeli is fascinating. He does a decent job making Peel human and more understandable. For somebody interested in England at this time, I highly recommend the book. I also found his insights into modern politics and Thatcher, contained within the book but not more than a digression, appropriate and interesting.
Flarik
Here is a fine biography of a politician written by another politician.

Robert Peel, while a figure of considerable importance to British history, led what many would regard as an unexciting life, and Peel was the kind of aristocratic figure many people today might find relatively unsympathetic. So it is a good measure of Hurd's success with the book that he makes it interesting, and it is very well written.

I use the adjective "aristocratic," because Peel was actually one of the "new men," a rich merchant's talented son, but his political alliances were necessarily frequently with the landed aristocrats who played a large role in the Conservative Party of that time, and his own views were not the stirring stuff of democratic principles and modern conceptions of human rights. Of course, he was given a title for his service, a practice which itself reflects the evolution of British government with the growth of the middle class.

What Douglas Hurd does exceptionally well is to show us the decent and sympathetic man Peel was. Peel was ready when his keen mind perceived that the world was changing in ways that warranted change by government to advocate the needed change, often finding himself opposed by the kind of conservatives who believes little should ever change. We get a nice feel for the stresses and difficulties involved in Peel's various efforts at reform, given his political world and party.

I admired Hurd's effort to give the modern reader some appreciation of the changing nature of Parliament and its rules, often giving comparisons with how things worked then to how they work now. The nineteenth century was a dynamic era of political change in Britain - driven by the forces of the industrial revolution and exploding world trade - as the country developed into a modern democratic state, and the book reflects that.

This is a fine book for students of British or European history or social change or the evolution of modern democratic government.
Fearlesshunter
Hurd gives a good account of the founder of the Conservative Party. His Corn Laws made him anathema to England's landed classes, yet people he saved many from starvation. His political genius endeared him to the new Queen Victoria, and helped shepherd the reform bill through the house of commons. Although he was against reform, he helped make it a reality. I had never thought of Peel, but I found him to be a fine man and a real contributor to England's transition to full democracy.

A leader and statesman, all people interested in true benevolent political leadership should attempt this account by Mr. Hurd.
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