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Ramsay MacDonald

(1866—1937) prime minister

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Aneurin Bevan

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 15 Nov. 1897, d. 6 July 1960).

British politician Born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, he started work in a coalmine at the age of 13. He was active in the South Wales Miners'...

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appeasement

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A policy of giving in to hostile demands of another nation to avoid war, primarily associated with British and increasingly also with French foreign policy between the two World Wars. From...

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Arcos Raid

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

A raid on the offices of a British-registered Soviet trading company, Arcos Ltd. It took place on 12 May 1927, with 200 police officers searching the company's premises in London, on...

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Arthur Henderson

Overview page. Subjects: Politics — British History.

(1863–1935).

Labour politician. Brought up on Tyneside and apprenticed as an ironfounder, Henderson, then a fervent Gladstonian Liberal, moved slowly to the view that the political...

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Clement Attlee

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(b. London, 3 Jan. 1883; d. London, 8 Oct. 1967)

British; Prime Minister 1945–51; Earl 1955 Clement Attlee's government (1945–51) is widely regarded as Labour's most successful...

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David Lloyd George

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1863–1945) British statesman and prime minister (1916–22), and one of the three main negotiators at the Treaty of Versailles (1919). Lloyd George played a moderating role between the...

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Emanuel Shinwell

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

(b. London, 18 Oct 1884; d. London, 8 May 1986) British; Minister of Defence 1950 –1, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party 1964 –7; Baron (life peer) 1970 The son of a clothing...

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Ernest Bevin

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1881–1951)

British trade unionist and politician.

Originally a farm worker in his native Somerset, he formed a branch of the Docker's Union in Bristol in 1910 and was one...

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Fabian Society

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

The Society took its name from the Roman dictator Fabius, nicknamed ‘Cunctator’, or delayer. It was founded in 1884 by a group of middle‐class intellectuals to further ‘the reconstruction...

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George Lansbury

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(b. 22 Feb. 1859, d. 7 May 1940).

British Labour leader 1931–5 Born near Lowestoft, Suffolk, Lansbury emigrated to Australia in 1884, but had an unsuccessful time there, and...

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