© 2005

Recovering Power

The Conservatives in Opposition Since 1867

  • Stuart Ball
  • Anthony Seldon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Angus Hawkins
    Pages 28-46
  3. David Steele
    Pages 75-91
  4. Frans Coetzee
    Pages 92-112
  5. David Dutton
    Pages 113-133
  6. David Willetts
    Pages 169-191
  7. Mark Garnett
    Pages 192-218
  8. Dennis Kavanagh
    Pages 219-242
  9. Anthony Seldon, Peter Snowdon
    Pages 243-275
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 276-287

About this book


The Conservative Party's periods in opposition have been of crucial importance. They have seen major changes in direction, and often been the springboard for recovering power. There have also been leadership crises and bitter divisions, and recovery was never inevitable. In the first study to examine the topic as a whole, leading authorities present new evidence and interpretations. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Conservative Party and of opposition in modern British politics.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stuart Ball
    • 1
  • Anthony Seldon
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Historical StudiesUniversity of LeicesterUK
  2. 2.Brighton CollegeUK

About the editors

STUART BALL is Reader in History at the University of Leicester. His publications include Baldwin and the Conservative Party (1988), The Conservative Party and British Politics 1902-1951 (1995), Winston Churchill (2003), and (with Anthony Seldon) Conservative Century: The Conservative Party since 1900 (1994).

ANTHONY SELDON is the Founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary British History and Headmaster of Brighton College, UK.

Bibliographic information


'The best account of the historic causes of the Conservative Party's troubles...' - The Economist