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Harold Wilson

(1916–1995) British politician and Labour prime minister (1964–70; 1974–76), noted for his tactical skills in maintaining positive government with a very small majority. He was ...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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..., Harold , Baron Wilson of Rievaulx ( James Harold Wilson ) ( 1916–95 ) British Labour statesman , Prime Minister ( 1964–70 ; 1974–76 ) . During both terms of office he faced severe economic problems; repeated sterling crises led to devaluation in 1967 , while he attempted unsuccessfully to deal with high inflation in 1974–76 by seeking an agreement with trade unions over limiting pay increases. His government introduced a number of social reforms, including reducing the voting age to 18, liberalizing the laws on divorce, homosexuality, and abortion...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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Quotations
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355 words

...0Harold Harold Wilson 1916 – 95 British Labour statesman , Prime Minister 1964–70, 1974–6 . On Wilson: see home , junor , misquotations All these financiers, all the little gnomes in Zurich. speech, House of Commons, 12 November 1956 gnomes in Zurich gnomes in Zurich I myself have always deprecated…in crisis after crisis, appeals to the Dunkirk spirit as an answer to our problems. in the House of Commons, 26 July 1961 appeals to the Dunkirk spirit appeals to the Dunkirk spirit This party is a moral crusade or it is nothing. speech at the...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0Harold Harold Wilson 1916 – 95 British Labour statesman , Prime Minister 1964–70, 1974–6 . On Wilson: see home , junor All these financiers, all the little gnomes in Zurich. speech in the House of Commons 12 November 1956 gnomes in Zurich gnomes in Zurich This party is a moral crusade or it is nothing. speech at the Labour Party Conference, 1 October 1962; in Times 2 October 1962 party is a moral crusade party is a moral crusade The university of the air. an early term for the Open University in Glasgow Herald 9 September 1963...

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Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations (4 ed.)

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2012
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...0Harold Harold Wilson 1916 – 95 British Labour statesman ; Prime Minister, 1964–70, 1974–6 . On Wilson: see benn , bulmer-thomas , home , junor All these financiers, all the little gnomes in Zurich and the other financial centres about whom we keep on hearing. in the House of Commons, 12 November 1956 gnomes in Zurich gnomes in Zurich I think it's a trap, but I suppose you can always walk into a trap provided you are packing a Luger. in 1961, when pressed by Hugh Gaitskell to exchange his successful shadow Treasury portfolio for Foreign...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0Harold Harold Wilson 1916 – 95 British Labour statesman , Prime Minister 1964–70, 1974–6 All these financiers, all the little gnomes in Zurich. speech in the House of Commons 12 November 1956 gnomes in Zurich gnomes in Zurich I myself have always deprecated…in crisis after crisis, appeals to the Dunkirk spirit as an answer to our problems. in the House of Commons, 26 July 1961 This party is a moral crusade or it is nothing. speech at the Labour Party Conference, 1 October 1962; in Times 2 October 1962 party is a moral crusade party is a moral...

Wilson, Sir Harold

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World Encyclopedia

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..., Sir Harold ( James Harold Wilson ) ( 1916–95 ) British statesman , prime minister ( 1964–70 , 1974–76 ). Wilson entered Parliament in 1945 and, as President of the Board of Trade ( 1945–51 ) under Clement Attlee , was Britain's youngest Cabinet member since William Pitt (the Younger). In 1951 , he resigned over the imposition of medical prescription charges. In 1963 , he succeeded Hugh Gaitskell as Labour leader. Wilson narrowly defeated Harold Macmillan in the 1964 general election. His government faced a foreign policy dilemma when...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (5 ed.)

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2019
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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...Wilson, James Harold (b. Huddersfield , 11 Mar. 1916 ; d. London , 23 May 1995 ) British Prime Minister 1964–70 , 1974–76 Harold Wilson won more (four) general elections than any other Labour leader and is the party's second-longest-serving Prime Minister (eight years). His reputation fluctuated greatly during his life. At the time of his retirement and his death his stock was low. Yet in the mid-1960s he was regarded as a British John F. Kennedy . Wilson reached the top in politics without any family connections and on his own merits. He was the...

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Francis Crick

Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations

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2006
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Quotations
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102 words

...James Harold Wilson ( Baron Wilson of Rievaulx ) 1916 – 95 British Prime Minister The Britain that is going to be forged in the white heat of this revolution will be no place for restrictive practices or out of date methods, on either side of industry. Speech at the Labour Party Conference, Scarborough, 1 October 1963 white heat of this revolution white heat of this revolution white heat of this revolution If there was one word I could use to identify modern socialism it was `science’ The Relevance of British Socialism (1964). See A. Cottrell, ...

(Sir) Harold Wilson

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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Current Version:
2011
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...the saying, ‘Whoever is in office, the Conservatives are always in power.’ Perhaps a solution to the problem is that Harold Wilson may have made use of a sort of epigram format with several variables. In an essay contributed to The Establishment (ed. Hugh Thomas, 1959), Thomas Balogh (later Wilson's economic adviser) wrote: ‘The fact that the Treasury controls senior appointments, and that Ministers are busy men, does the rest. Mr Harold Wilson aptly put it: “Whoever is in office, the Whigs are in power” [Whigs here meaning ‘the old established interest’]’. I...

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A Dictionary of Political Biography (2 ed.)

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2013
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Social sciences, Politics
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..., James Harold (b. Huddersfield , 11 Mar. 1916 ; d. London , 24 May 1995 ) British ; Prime Minister 1964–70 , 1974–76 ; Kt. 1976 , Baron (life peer) 1983 Harold Wilson won more (four) general elections than any other Labour leader and is the party's second-longest-serving Prime Minister (eight years). His reputation fluctuated greatly during his life. At the time of his retirement and his death his stock was low. Yet in the mid-1960s he was regarded as a British John F. Kennedy . Wilson reached the top in politics without any family...

Wilson, Harold, 1st Baron Wilson

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David Dutton

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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910 words

..., Harold, 1st Baron Wilson ( 1916–95 ) . Prime minister. The son of an industrial chemist, Wilson won an exhibition in history to Jesus College, Oxford. In the event he read politics, philosophy, and economics, gaining a first. In 1940 he joined the war cabinet secretariat as an economist, developing a particular expertise in the area of fuel and power. Elected MP for Ormskirk in 1945 , Wilson became parliamentary secretary at the Ministry of Works and in 1947 entered the cabinet as president of the Board of Trade, aged only 31. He resigned from...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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632 words

..., Harold, 1st Baron Wilson ( 1916–95 ). Prime minister . The son of an industrial chemist, Wilson won an exhibition in history to Jesus College, Oxford, taking a first in PPE. In 1940 he joined the war cabinet secretariat as an economist. Elected MP for Ormskirk in 1945 , Wilson became parliamentary secretary at the Ministry of Works and in 1947 entered the cabinet as president of the Board of Trade, aged only 31. He resigned from the government in 1951 along with Aneurin Bevan , which established his credentials—not entirely deserved—as a...

Wilson, (James) Harold, Baron

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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...new terms were confirmed by a national referendum in 1975 . In the following year, having become Labour's longest-serving prime minister to date, Wilson unexpectedly resigned. For the remainder of his life he took virtually no part in British politics. Wilson was the author of The Labour Government 1964–70: A Personal Record ( 1971 ) and The Governance of Britain ( 1976 ), among other books; Harold Wilson Memoirs 1916–64 appeared in 1986...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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2005
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55 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson  

(1916–1995)British politician and Labour prime minister (1964–70; 1974–76), noted for his tactical skills in maintaining positive government with a very small majority. He was knighted in 1976 and ...
Measure for Measure

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Sonia Massai and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...production, it left the question of Isabella’s marriage unresolved. Anthony Davies Recent major editions Recent major editions N. W. Bawcutt (Oxford, 1991); Brian Gibbons (New Cambridge, 1991); J. W. Lever (Arden 2nd series, 1965) Some representative criticism Bloom, Harold , William Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ (1987) Dollimore, Jonathan , ‘Transgression and Surveillance in Measure for Measure ’, in Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield (eds.), Political Shakespeare (1985) Foakes, R. A. , Shakespeare, The Dark Comedies to the Last Plays...

The Winter’s Tale

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Michael Dobson, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2015
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...in Disowning Knowledge (1987) Coghill, Nevill , ‘Six Points of Stage-craft in The Winter’s Tale ’, Shakespeare Survey 11 (1958) Morse, William R. , ‘Metacriticism and Materiality: The Case of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale ’, English Literary History 58 (1991) Wilson, Harold S. , ‘Nature and Art in The Winter’s Tale ’, Shakespeare Association Bulletin 18...

Domestic Buildings

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Malcolm Airs

The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History (2 ed.)

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2009
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History, Local and Family History
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6,135 words
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.... Both books drew on local examples and remain invaluable because they record rural houses at a period before the radical alterations demanded by changing perceptions of public hygiene and domestic comfort had obliterated much of the evidence for their original forms. In Wales, Harold Hughes and Herbert North published The Old Cottages of Snowdonia in 1908 , and the principality remained in the forefront of regional studies with the publication of I. C. Peate , The Welsh House ( 1940 ), written from the point of view of folk culture, and the three...

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