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The Cliveden set : portrait of an exclusive fraternity
Rose, Norman.
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Pimlico edition.
Publication Information:
London : Pimlico, 2001.

Physical Description:
276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2000.
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DA574.A8 R67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Lloyd George once spoke of a very powerful combination in its way perhaps the most powerful in the country. Its proceedings were invariably conducted at Cliveden, the country estate of the fabulously wealthy Nancy and Waldorf Astor. Collectively dubbed God's Truth Ltd, the group included leading politicians, academics, writers and newspaper editors. Its pedigree impeccable, its social standing beyond reproach, its persuasive powers permeated the clubs and institutions of London, the senior common rooms of Oxbridge colleges, the quality press and the great country houses of England. Suddenly, in the late 1930's the Cliveden Set was catapulted into uncalled for notoriety. It had been identified as a cabal that sought to manipulate, even determine, British foreign policy in order to uphold its narrow class interests. It would use any means, however devious, even negotiate a humiliating, dishonourable settlement with Nazi Germany to maintain its privileges, those of a decaying ruling class. But was the Cliveden Set a traitorous cabal, challenging the constitutional structures of British democracy or simply an unstructured think tank of harmless do gooders? "

Author Notes

"Norman Rose is a graduate of the LSE and now holds the Chair of International Relations at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. A distinguished historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is also the author of much acclaimed biographies of Winston Churchill and Chaim Weitzman, as well as a study of the Cliveden Set."

Table of Contents

Mapp. viii
Illustrationsp. x
Prologuep. 1
1 Clivedenp. 9
2 Waldorf and Nancyp. 24
3 The Kinderp. 46
4 War Games--and Peacemakingp. 91
5 Back to Normalityp. 114
6 Regional Distractionsp. 136
7 Claud and 'The Week'p. 154
8 The Cliveden Set--Discovered or Invented?p. 169
9 Rethinkingp. 185
10 Full Circlep. 200
Epiloguep. 214
Acknowledgementsp. 219
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 253