British Prime Ministers: Edward Heath

Ref: C2347004

Heath's period as PM was dominated by two key issues: industrial relations and Europe. Heath's battle with the miners and his leading Britain into Europe are the issues on which historians tend to judge his premiership.

Course aim

"Entering politics with high ambitions, Edward Heath's career petered out in a prolonged sulk." An assessment of the accuracy and fairness of that description will form the basis of the talk.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • appreciate the political issues relating to Heath's premiership
  • Have an insight into Heath's character and personality
  • Assess the success or failure of his economic and social policies
  • Evaluate the motives that led him to advocate successfully for the UK's entry into Europe
  • Evaluate how justified he was in turning his political frustration into a sustained sulk

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Relevant materials will appear on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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British Prime Ministers: Edward Heath


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