Liberalism and the Social Problem: A Collection of Early Speeches as a Member of Parliament

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Arc Manor, 2007 - History - 188 pages
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A fascinating collection of early speeches to Parliament from perhaps the greatest orator and statesman of the twentieth century and the winner of the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature. **** In 1904 Winston S. Churchill crossed the parliamentary floor and became a member of the Liberal Party. When the Liberals took office, Churchill became the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies becoming the most prominent member of the Government outside the Cabinet (in 1908 he also became a member of the Cabinet). **** The speeches in this collection deal with some of the most important issues of the day, including the adoption of constitutions for the defeated Boer republics of Transvaal and the Orange River Colony and the 'People's Budget, ' a new wealth redistribution scheme of the Liberal Government. The fight over this plan led to a bitter battle between the Government and the House of Lords, with the House of Lords unsuccessfully challenging the power of the Commons for the first time since the 17th century. This eventually led to the Parliament Act of 1911, restricting the power of the House of Lords by asserting the legislative powers of the House of Commons. **** Not only is this collection noteworthy for its historical context, it also presents a keen insight into the early political thinking and development of one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century; Winston Spencer Churchill, member of parliament, statesman, orator, Nobel Prize winner and the Prime Minister of Great Britain during its greatest hour of need - World War II.

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One of the most famous political figures of the twentieth century, Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was also a well-known historian, biographer, and writer. Among his many books are "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples" (in four volumes), "The World Crisis, 1916-1918" (two volumes), and "The Second World War" (six volumes).

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill is best remembered as the Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II. He served his country in a variety of ways, holding many high offices of state under four different prime ministers, as a member of Parliament for more than 60 years, and for serving two terms as prime minister. He was born at Blenheim Palace on November 30, 1874, and educated at Harrow and Sandhurst. His military service included periods spent in Cuba, India, the Sudan, and in France during World War I. Churchill's writing career began with pieces written for British newspapers while in the military. Some of his most famous works include Marlborough, a four-volume biography of his ancestor, the 1st Duke of Marlborough; The World Crisis, a four-volume history of World War I; The Second World War, a six-volume history; and A History of the English Speaking Peoples, a six-volume work was completed toward the end of his life. In 1953, Churchill received the Nobel Prize for Literature, in recognition of his extensive writing as well as for his speeches throughout a long, distinguished career as a statesman. That same year, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill died on January 24, 1965, at the age of 70.

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