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Title: The Legacy of Coalition: Fear and Loathing in Conservative Politics, 1922-1931
Authors: Ball, Stuart Ryan
First Published: 24-Jan-2011
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Citation: Contemporary British History, 2011, 25 (1), pp. 65-82
Abstract: The split over the coalition in October 1922 caused long-term disunity in the Conservative Party, and the distinction between pro- and anti-coalitionists remained the most significant fault-line in Conservative politics for the next nine years. The new leadership and the majority of backbench MPs constantly suspected the former coalitionists of plotting to reverse the verdict of 1922. The legacy of bitterness and distrust was a crucial factor in the key events of the period, including the aftermath of the 1923 election defeat, the formation of the 1924 cabinet, the ‘cruiser crisis’ of 1925, the Irwin Declaration crisis of 1929, and the attacks on Baldwin’s leadership in 1930-31.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13619462.2011.546103
ISSN: 1361-9462
eISSN: 1743-7997
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2011 Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an electronic version of an article published in Stuart Ball (2011): The Legacy of Coalition: Fear and Loathing in Conservative Politics, 1922–1931, Contemporary British History, 25:01, 65-82. Contemporary British History is available online at:
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