"Winston Churchill took the British constitution, democracy and the institutions of parliamentary government immensely seriously. Born in 1874, just a few years after the franchise reforms of 1867, Churchill witnessed the arrival of mass democracy during his lifetime and played a key role in its incorporation into the constitutional system of Parliament and monarchy which he had long celebrated." "Churchill was active in constitutional issues throughout his career and much of his thinking was radical: prior to the First World War he believed in a federal system of government with regional parliaments and argued for the abolition of the House of Lords. Yet his opposition to women's suffrage made him the subject of attacks by militant suffragettes, and his reverence for the monarchy led him to champion Edward VIII during the abdication crisis of 1936, causing disastrous short-term damage to his political reputation." In Winston Churchill and the British Constitution Kevin Theakston uses a wealth of new research to shed light on the complexity and originality of Churchill's constitutional thinking, offering the first detailed account of Churchill's impact on the British constitution during one of the longest and most extraordinary political careers in British history.
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Published September 15, 2004
Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War.