Haldane: The Forgotten Statesmen Who Shaped Modern Britain
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Can you name the creator of the Territorial Army the British Expeditionary Force the Imperial General Staff and the Officers' Training Corps? The man who laid the foundation stones of MI5 MI6 the RAF the LSE Imperial College the 'redbrick' universities and the Medical Research Council? This book restores Richard Burdon Haldane to his rightful place among the greatest figures of British history. Serving as war minister in the 1905 Liberal government his groundbreaking proposals on defence education and government structure were astonishingly ahead of his time-the very building blocks of modern Britain. Even the Canadian Constitution as now interpreted is unthinkable without Haldane. His ubiquitous networks ranged from Wilde to Einstein Churchill to Carnegie King to Kaiser; his polymathic interests enabled pioneering cross-party cross-sector cooperation. Yet in 1915 Haldane was ejected from the Lord Chancellorship unjustly vilified by an ignorant press campaign as a German sympathiser. John Campbell charts these ups and downs reveals the intensely personal side of Haldane through previously unpublished private correspondence and shows Haldane's enormous relevance in our search for just societies and states today. Amidst political and national instability it is surely now right to reinstate Haldane as Britain's outstanding example of true statesmanship.
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