" The British Foreign Secretary 200 years of Argument, Success and Failure. "
The argument between the noisy popular liberal interventionist approach and the more conservative diplomatic approach concentrating on co-operation between other nations has run for two centuries. Hurd concentrates on personalities and circumstances beginning with the dramatic antagonism between Canning and Castlereagh - the last occasion on which ministerial colleagues fought a duel. A generation later comes Palmerston vs Aberdeen, from which Palmerston, the noisy interventionist, emerged the victor. A vignette is provided by the quarrel between Disraeli and his old friend and Foreign Secretary, Lord Derby, which led to Derby resigning as a protest against jingoism and to Disraeli spreading the rumour that Lady Derby was leaking secrets to the Russian Ambassador. Salisbury and then Edward Grey wrestled with the same dilemma in the context of imperialism (Salisbury) and the European balance of power (Grey). Between the wars, Austen Chamberlain, the decent, monocled Foreign Secretary who began as an idealist (Locarno Treaty) and ended as a passionate opponent of appeasement. Finally Eden and Bevin, from wholly different backgrounds, combined with the Americans to create a post-war compromise, which served its purpose for half a century.
Written by Douglas Hurd and Edward Young and published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2010. Signed by Douglas Hurd on title page.
In very good used condition, bound in maroon cloth with gold lettering. Dust jacket in very good unclipped condition.