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Asquith, Herbert Henry, first earl of Oxford and Asquith (1852-1928), prime minister

Colin Matthew

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Youth and education | The bar and journalism | Early political career | Home secretary, 1892-1895 | Second marriage | Chancellor of the exchequer, 1905-1908 | Early years as prime minister | The 'people's budget' and the House of Lords | Other domestic questions | Home rule for Ireland and disestablishment for Wales | Asquith in 1914 | Ireland in 1914 | Foreign policy and war | The declaration of war | Wartime prime minister | Asquith's coalition government | Leading the coalition | The war in 1916 | The fall of Asquith's government | Still leader of the Liberal Party | Private life after the war | Retirement from politics, illness, and death | Reputation

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Subjects: Biographical Studies ; History

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