The Cabinet Office, 1916–2018: The Birth of Modern Government

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Biteback Publishing, Dec 8, 2016 - Political Science - 384 pages
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Since its creation in the depths of the Great War in December 1916, the Cabinet Office has retained a uniquely central place in the ever-changing political landscape of the last century.

While the revolving door of 10 Downing Street admits and ejects its inhabitants every few years, the Cabinet Office remains a constant, supporting and guiding successive Prime Ministers and their governments, regardless of their political leanings, all the while keeping the British state safe, stable and secure.

It has been at the centre of everything – wars, intelligence briefings, spy scandals, disputed elections, political crises – and its eleven Cabinet Secretaries, ever at the right hand of their political masters, have borne witness to them all. The true ‘men of secrets’, these individuals are granted access to the meetings that determine the course of history, trusted with the most classified information the state possesses.

Written with unparalleled access to documents and personnel by acclaimed political historian, commentator and biographer Anthony Seldon, this lavishly illustrated history is the definitive inside account of what has really gone on in the last 100 years of British politics.

 

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Contents

Title Page
Cabinet Government Before 1916
The Cabinet
Maurice Hankey and the Interwar Years 191839
Edward Bridges and the Second World War 193845
Commander of the MidTwentieth
Housing the Cabinet Office 19162016
Adjusting to the Modern Era
The Last of
Wilson Turnbull
Coalition and Beyond 201016
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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Anthony Seldon has written and edited more than forty books on British politics, including Brown at 10, Cameron at 10, Blair Unbound, Major and Trust. He was Headmaster of Brighton and Wellington Colleges, and co-founder with Peter Hennessy of the Institute of Contemporary British History. He is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham.

Jonathan Meakin was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London and at the University of St Andrews. He has had a lifelong interest in history. Since 2009, he has worked on many publications with Anthony Seldon, including Brown at 10 and Cameron at 10.

Jonathan Meakin was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London and at the University of St Andrews. He has had a lifelong interest in history. Since 2009, he has worked on many publications with Anthony Seldon, including Brown at 10 and Cameron at 10.

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