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Description - The Scottish Secretaries by David Torrance

The Scottish Secretaries charts the trials and tribulations of the 38 men and one woman who have held the post since the position was resurrected by Salisbury in 1885. From humble beginnings as an ill-regarded offshoot of the Home Office, the department grew to become a mini-Whitehall by the 1920s. It was also an important wartime department in WWII and a testing ground for planning and social reforms during the white heat of the 1960s. David Torrance paints a vivid biographical portrait of those figures who controlled Scotland's political agenda from both the Regency charm of Dover House and the Art Deco surroundings of St Andrew's House.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841584768
ISBN-10: 1841584762
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Torrance

David Torrance was born and brought up in Edinburgh, and educated at Leith Academy, Aberdeen University and Cardiff University's School of Journalism. He was formerly political reporter at Scottish and Grampian TV and now writes freelance for the Scottish press. He currently works as a parliamentary aide to the shadow Scottish Secretary at Westminster.

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