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Balfour, Arthur James, first earl of Balfour (1848-1930), prime minister and philosopher

Ruddock Mackay and Colin Matthew

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/30553

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Education | Philosophy, society, and the Souls | Back-bench politician, 1874-1885 | Two early portfolios, 1885-1887 | Chief secretary for Ireland, 1887-1891 | Leading in the Commons, 1891-1902 | Constructive work, 1891-1892 and 1895-1902 | Prime minister | Defence policy in the Balfour government | Chamberlain, tariff reform, and the Unionist débâcle | The end of Balfour's premiership | Unionist leader in opposition, 1906-1911 | Philosophical intermission | First lord of the Admiralty, 1915-1916 | Foreign secretary, 1916-1919 | The Balfour declaration, 1917 | The end of the First World War | Lord president of the council, 1919-1922, and Unionist politics | Non-political life in the 1920s | Again lord president, 1925-1929 | Death | Balfour's image | Assessment

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