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Introduction 1: International Relations 2: Economics 3: Immigration 4: Europe 5: Northern Ireland 6: Conclusion Index

About the Author

Paul Corthorn is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen's University Belfast. He has published widely on twentieth century British political history, including In the Shadow of the Dictators: The British Left in the 1930s (2006) and The British Labour Party and the Wider World: Domestic Politics, Internationalism and Foreign Policy (2008), co-edited with Jonathan Davis. He lives in Belfast with his family.


Contributes important new insights to [the] wider appraisal of Powell. * Nick Pearce, Financial Times *
[A] welcome and timely study... * Colin Kidd, New Statesman *
The task of tracing the course of Powell's ideas in all their contortions and contradictions, and assessing their impact, is not easy. But Paul Corthorn accomplishes it admirably. His book is clear, coherent and concise. It is based on a vast amount of reading and research. All told, it is a model of scholarship. * Piers Brendon, Literary Review *
A crisp and compelling piece of work. * Ferdinand Mount, London Review of Books *
Enoch Powell remains the single most controversial politician in modern British history. Yet more than half a century after his most incendiary speech, his influence is arguably greater than ever. In this splendidly learned, astute and provocative study, Paul Corthorn invites us to look more closely at what Powell said and believed. With scrupulous care and attention to detail, he examines the roots and legacy of Powell's ideas, both placing him in his historical context and exploring his afterlives in British politics. Mercifully free from academic jargon and armchair moralising, this is a gripping and colourful read and a model of historical scholarship. * Dominic Sandbrook, author of State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 *

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