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Kenneth O. Morgan is Fellow and Praelector in History, the Queen's College, Oxford
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Works by Kenneth O. Morgan

The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain (1984) 959 copies, 5 reviews
The Oxford History of Britain (1988) 539 copies, 3 reviews
Britain since 1945: The People's Peace (1990) 127 copies, 1 review
Michael Foot: A Life (2007) 54 copies, 1 review
The age of Lloyd George (1971) 16 copies
Callaghan: A Life (1997) 12 copies
Dějiny Británie (1999) 9 copies
Lloyd George (1974) 6 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 8, no. 1, June 1976 (1976) — Editor; Reviewer — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 3, no. 3, June 1967 (1967) — Editor; Reviewer — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 10, no. 3, June 1981 (1981) — Editor; Contributor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 15, no. 2, Dec. 1990 (1990) — Editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 9, no. 4, Dec. 1979 (1979) — Editor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 4, no. 3, June 1969 (1969) — Editor; Reviewer — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 4, no. 4, December 1969 (1969) — Editor; Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 5, no. 1, June 1970 (1970) — Editor; Reviewer — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 8, no. 4, Dec. 1977 (1977) — Editor; Reviewer — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Blair Effect (2001) — Contributor — 20 copies
Edwardian England (1982) — Contributor — 6 copies
Family Letters, 1885-1936 (1973) — Editor — 5 copies
Lloyd George: Twelve Essays (1971) — Contributor — 3 copies
William Ewart Gladstone (1989) — General editor — 3 copies
The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (1991) — Contributor — 2 copies
Welsh history review, vol. 1, no. 1, 1960 (1960) — Contributor — 1 copy
Ceredigion, cyfrol V, rhifyn 4, 1967 (1967) — Contributor — 1 copy
Cof cenedl I (1986) — Contributor — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 2, no. 2, 1964 (1964) — Contributor; Reviewer — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 2, no. 3, 1965 (1965) — Reviewer — 1 copy
Welsh history review, vol. 2, no. 4, 1965 (1965) — Contributor — 1 copy
Journal of Liberal History Issue 119 Summer 2023 (2023) — Contributor — 1 copy
Journal of Liberal History Issue 121 Winter 2023-24 (2024) — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge



This volume on British History is about as deep as you can get on the subject. Well put together and easy to read.
JHemlock | 2 other reviews | Oct 19, 2021 |
An interesting set of essays detailing British history up to the twentieth century.
Vesper1931 | 4 other reviews | Jul 29, 2021 |
There are several criteria by which I judge a biography; does it tell me things that I did not know about a person, did it put him/her into their historic time frame, and, perhaps the most oft missed, does it highlight weaknesses, as well as salute achievements?

This book comfortably complies with all of the above list AND goes on to achieve the extra distinction of adding to my reading list. This book has lead to me purchasing five more tomes, immediately, to garner more information about people and events mentioned en passant within this work.

Michael Foot was born into a Liberal family and began his political life as part of that party. He was soon to realise that they did not hold the same ideals as himself and, as a young man, found a niche on the left wing of the Labour Party. This approach to his political outlook had the advantage that he was not in awe of the Russian style communist dictatorship, as were so many other Labour idealists. This was to lead Foot into clashing with Tony Benn, the other pin up of the Labour left.

Through the late seventies and eighties, Benn became a figure head for the Militant grouping which inveigled its way into the Labour Party. Militant would take over a quiet backwater Labour Constituency Party and extract the middle of the road committee, replacing them with Militant supporters. Needless to say, this did not lead to a more electable party.

By the time that Michael Foot became leader, in 1980, the Labour Party was seen as unelectable and a new party, the Social Democrats, were expected to replace them. Michael took on Benn in a way that would have been unacceptable from a leader of the right, and neutralised his power. Although the next General Election saw the worst results for Labour, since the 1940's, the fightback had started and, under Neil Kinnock the boat was eventually steadied.

Foot was not only a politician, he was also a journalist, not just in the political sphere, but also in Literary circles. He has produced books on Byron, Hazlitt and Swift, all worthy of their place on any bookshelf. He was still writing into his eighties and retained an interest in the Labour Party where he was delighted to see Tony Blair (hardly a protégée, although, Blair admits to having been influenced by Foot) become Prime Minister.

As you can see, Foot was more Banquo than Macbeth.
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the.ken.petersen | May 17, 2011 |
Read the last sentence. "Therecord since 1945 suggests tghat it is highly imjprfobably that the British people will play anything like the major role in the affairs of mankind inthe twenty-first century that they have done so frequently, if often unavailingly in the course of the twentieth". The author uses 516 pages to get to this conclusion, all the political biggies, a bit of culture, economics to come to this conclusion. Makes this once proud seat of empire seem pretty sad. Probably a good survey of a little over 50 years.… (more)
carterchristian1 | Dec 10, 2010 |


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