Aneurin Bevan And the Mirage of British Socialism John Campbell

ISBN: 9780393024524

Published: 1987

Hardcover

430 pages


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Aneurin Bevan And the Mirage of British Socialism  by  John Campbell

Aneurin Bevan And the Mirage of British Socialism by John Campbell
1987 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 430 pages | ISBN: 9780393024524 | 9.60 Mb

Aneurin Bevan was one of the most loved and, at the same time, bitterly hated figures in British politics in this century, a man of deep humanity and generous anger, the most compelling orator of his generation, a man who preached and fought for trueMoreAneurin Bevan was one of the most loved and, at the same time, bitterly hated figures in British politics in this century, a man of deep humanity and generous anger, the most compelling orator of his generation, a man who preached and fought for true socialism as he understood it with a passionate seriousness.In this, the first unauthorized biography, John Campbell uses the full range of sources now available to trace the development of Bevans ideas from his early experiences as a militant young coal miner in South Wales to his election to Parliament for Ebbw Vale in 1929- his fierce prosecution of the class struggle as a tireless champion of the unemployed and a strong opponent of fascism in the 1930s- his almost solitary criticism of Churchill during the Second World War- and his unwavering conviction that a Labour government would be elected at the end of the war.When the Labour Party did indeed win the election of the summer of 1945, Clement Attlee appointed Bevin to his Cabinet, and as Minister of Health he was responsible for the creation of the National Health Service--the supreme achievement of his political life.

But Bevans mounting frustration and bitterness at the Labour governments abandonment of socialism led to an acrimonious fight with Hugh Gaitskell, the new Labour Leader, and Bevans resignation in 1951, which split the Labour Party for the next ten years.The last years of Bevans political career were marked by rivalries within the Labour camp and his disappointment with Englands postwar society. By the time of his death in 1960 he was aware that the British public and his own political party had rejected the socialist ideals to which he had devoted his life.John Campbells biography of Aneurin Bevan highlights with exceptional clarity the rise and fall of the idea of democratic socialism in Britain.

Bevan was in the thick of the struggle at every stage, arguing, protesting, prophesying, and recriminating with unequaled brilliance and vigor. If any individual could have sold socialism to the British, it was surely Bevan. He failed, yet for this very reason he remains an exceptionally potent and symbolic figure.



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