The Chamberlain Legacy


Charles Nettlefold

In this book, the author has sought to re-examine the reputations of the Chamberlains by concentrating as much on their personal lives and the motives that drove them as on the mighty political events that dominated their times. His conclusions may surprise the reader.





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Three great men. Three towering political figures. But what motivated and inspired them? The Chamberlain Legacy reveals the real men and women behind the public figures. Dining with Mussolini, gambling in casinos, passionate convictions, ‘masculine force to a superlative degree’… How did their personal lives and the political events of the time affect their policies, and what lessons can we learn from them today?

The Chamberlains were a dominant dynasty in British politics whose legacy lives on.

Joseph, as Mayor of Birmingham, had strong socialist ideals, yet is hailed by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May as her political hero.

Austen, as foreign secretary was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for fostering peace in Europe, befriended Mussolini, but later called for force to be used against Hitler’s mighty army.

Neville, as prime minister, appeased Hitler but was then blamed for Hitler’s surge in power, and suffered bitter political defeat himself.


Read Charles Nettlefold’s piece in Conservative Home, What May can learn from the Chamberlains


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