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The Unknown Lloyd George: A Statesman in Conflict

The Unknown Lloyd George: A Statesman in Conflict
Travis L. Crosby

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David Lloyd George is widely regarded as one of the most effective British prime ministers of the twentieth century. A dynamic speaker and committed social reformer, he led Britain successfully through the devastation of World War I and had a powerful impact on international politics. In the post-war peace treaties, he sought a just, rather than a vengeful, settlement for the defeated powers in an attempt to preserve a peaceful international order. Whilst Lloyd George's achievements were undoubtedly substantial, his political record was not entirely without blemish and, in his personal life, he was a fascinating and complex character. Renowned as a womaniser, after 1913 he retained two separate households - one with his wife and one with his mistress, his former private secretary. Based on extensive research, Travis L. Crosby provides a fresh appraisal of the life of one of Britain's most conflicted politicians.

Author Info

Travis L. Crosby is Emeritus Professor of History at Wheaton College, Massachusetts. His publications include Joseph Chamberlain: A Most Radical Imperialist (I.B.Tauris), The Two Mr. Gladstones and Sir Robert Peel's Administration.


‘This book provides a new assessment of a somewhat enigmatic figure. Travis Crosby cuts through the thicket of views and suggests persuasive explanations of Lloyd George's behaviour. In the process the Lloyd George laid bare is neither an opportunist nor an ideologue; instead, he is shown to be someone who calculated and responded to situations and sought to produce resolutions.’
Peter Catterall, Reader in History, University of Westminster

‘This is a deeply considered, vivid, lucid and genuinely illuminating book that deals as frankly and comprehensively with Lloyd George’s capacity to encounter and foment conflict in his public life as with his tendency to take similar risks in his private affairs.’
Denis Judd, author of Empire: The British Imperial Experience 1765 to the Present

'In his shrewd assessment of key events in his subject’s career, [Crosby] adds to the book's strength and usefulness by discussing his own conclusions in the context of debates among previous biographers.'
A.W.Purdue, Times Higher Education

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780764856
Publication Date: 18 Dec 2013
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 234
Width: 156
Illustrations: 16 black white in 8pp plates

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