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Enoch Powell

Politics and Ideas in Modern Britain

Paul Corthorn

28 July 2022

ISBN: 9780198747154

256 pages
Paperback
216x138mm

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Price: £14.99

Best known for his notorious 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968 and his outspoken opposition to immigration, Enoch Powell was one of the most controversial figures in British political life in the second half of the twentieth century and a formative influence on what came to be known as Thatcherism.

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Best known for his notorious 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968 and his outspoken opposition to immigration, Enoch Powell was one of the most controversial figures in British political life in the second half of the twentieth century and a formative influence on what came to be known as Thatcherism.

  • Enoch Powell was one of the most controversial figures in British political life in the second half of the twentieth century and a formative influence on what came to be known as Thatcherism
  • Telling the story of Powell's political life from the 1950s onwards, Paul Corthorn's intellectual biography goes beyond a fixation on the 'Rivers of Blood' speech
  • Paying particular attention to the revealing inconsistencies in Powell's thought and the significant ways in which his thinking changed over time

About the Author(s)

Paul Corthorn, Reader in Modern British History, Queen's University Belfast

Paul Corthorn is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen's University Belfast. He has published widely on twentieth century British political history, including In the Shadow of the Dictators: The British Left in the 1930s (2006) and The British Labour Party and the Wider World: Domestic Politics, Internationalism and Foreign Policy (2008), co-edited with Jonathan Davis. He lives in Belfast with his family.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:International Relations
    2:Economics
    3:Immigration
    4:Europe
    5:Northern Ireland
    6:Conclusion
    Index

Reviews

"Paul Corthorn must be thanked for providing such a clear, multi-faceted analysis of an extremely complex political figure, acknowledging very evidently his most striking contradictions, some of which Powell himself was aware of, for he 'almost made specific arguments that he knew did not quite add up'" - Olivier Esteves, Université de Lille, Journal of Contemporary History

"Enoch Powell remains the single most controversial politician in modern British history. Yet more than half a century after his most incendiary speech, his influence is arguably greater than ever. In this splendidly learned, astute and provocative study, Paul Corthorn invites us to look more closely at what Powell said and believed. With scrupulous care and attention to detail, he examines the roots and legacy of Powell's ideas, both placing him in his historical context and exploring his afterlives in British politics. Mercifully free from academic jargon and armchair moralising, this is a gripping and colourful read and a model of historical scholarship." - Dominic Sandbrook, author of State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974

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