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Ideologies of Conservatism charts advancements and alterations within the nature of Conservative political proposal and the which means of Conservatism in the course of the 20th century. Ewen Green's penetrating learn explores the Conservative brain from the Edwardian certainties of Balfour to the Thatcherite Eighties and past. It examines how Conservative thinkers, politicians, and activists sought to outline the issues they confronted, what they notion they have been arguing opposed to, and what audiences they have been looking to achieve. this can be the purely research which blends the heritage of Conservative proposal with the party's political motion, and it bargains major new insights into the political tradition of the 'Conservative Century'.

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Thus, in July 1903 he was able to tell his cousin, Lord Hugh Cecil, that ‘the serious mistake into which you have fallen is that of supposing that the Unionist Party were put into office for the purpose of preserving, in every particular, a version of Free Trade doctrine which . . 79 In this respect he was completely in agreement with Joseph Chamberlain that free trade in its established form had to go. The question remained, however, as to what was to replace it, and it was on this question that Balfour and Chamberlain’s ‘partnership’ unravelled.

Mackay, International Statesman: A Life of A. J. Balfour (Oxford, 1985). Balfour in Parliament, 10 June 1903, in Balfour, Fiscal Reform, 52. Arthur Balfour: A Reconsideration 23 arts, and thus cultivated a political persona that emphasized his areas of strength as a parliamentarian and administrator. In the still relatively new age of mass politics, when the ‘demagogue’ was regarded with suspicion, especially in Conservative circles, Balfour’s hauteur had political as well as personal recommendations.

Arthur Balfour: A Reconsideration 37 also by the unilateral ‘Colonial Offer’ of trade reciprocity at the Colonial Conference of 1902,80 and he clearly hoped to exploit this outburst of ‘imperial spirit’. 81 In a memorandum to Cabinet only six weeks later Balfour issued a similar warning. He criticized any dogmatic rejection of preferential duties on the grounds that ‘if a tax is otherwise sufficiently desirable, the mere fact that it carries with it some flavour of Protection is by no means a conclusive argument against it’, and he told his colleagues that if they rejected Canada’s offer then this would lead the Canadians ‘to an ultimate fiscal alliance with the United States’ and do untold harm to the Empire, a contingency he described as ‘not only probable .

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