Introduction: the historical problem; 1. Public career; 2. Political leadership; 3. Influences: business and ethics; 4. Influences: community and service; 5. Purposes and methods; 6. Capitalism and industrial relations; 7. Democracy and public values; 8. Country and empire; 9. Soul and providence; 10. Armaments and anti-totalitarianism; Conclusion.
A reinterpretation of the career of Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947), Conservative leader and three times prime minister.
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