Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2019

288 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526139375

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Training minds for the war of ideas

Ashridge College, the Conservative Party and the cultural politics of Britain, 1929-54

First Edition

Clarisse Berthezène

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Based on a previously unexamined source of great richness, the archive of Ashridge College, the book is a ground-breaking study of the political culture of Conservatism from the 1920s to the early 1950s
  • Makes a genuine contribution to the history of 'the battle of the brows' in interwar Britain. At the heart of this battle lay an attempt to construct a model of a Conservative intellectual and to create a Conservative intellectual heritage
  • Examines the complete imbalance between the Conservative party's ongoing political and electoral dominance in the interwar period and its deep-rooted and constant fear that Conservative ideas enjoyed a minority status that would be translated into political and electoral reversal
  • Explores the different strategies by which the Conservative party sought to capture the new electorate's votes

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