By Michael Foot
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1973
Michael Foot's two-volume biography of Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan (1897-1960) - arguably Britain's maximum socialist, indelibly linked to the founding of the nationwide future health carrier - is among the significant political biographies of the final century. it's the lifetime of an inspirational flesh presser, written via person who knew and unabashedly favourite him.
Volume II, first released in 1973, starts off with Bevan's position within the founding of a complete nationwide future health provider - this whereas he used to be additionally tasked with addressing the country's serious post-war housing scarcity. It takes in his 1951 resignation from the cupboard in protest on the creation of prescription fees, and his next management of a 'Bevanite' Labour left; his ebook in 1952 of rather than worry; his carrier as Shadow international Secretary in the course of the Suez hindrance in 1956; his debatable reversal of competition to nuclear guns in 1957; and his loss of life from melanoma in 1960.
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Also, as Edson points out, 26 'by means of these grants he would increase the prestige of the kingship and the loyalty of the Macedonians to hiinself and to the Argead house'. Archelaus seems to have improved the supply of arms, horses, and other military equipment; he also built a network of roads and fortified posts, which served the double purpose of improving communications and letting him keep a firmer hand on his unruly vassals. 27 Whether by force or diplomacy, he established so secure an entente with the out-kingdoms that 10 Alexander of Macedon by the end of his reign (400/399) he was ready to acquire a little Lebensraum at the expense of Thessaly and the Chalcidic League.
331 ? 7-8 April: foundation of Alexandria. Alexander returns to Tyre. July- August: Alexander reaches Thapsacus on Euphrates; Darius moves his main forces from Babylon. 18 September: Alexander crosses the Tigris. Darius' final peace-offer rejected. 30 September or 1 October: Battle of Gaugamela. Macedonians advance from Arbela on Babylon, which falls in mid-October. Revolt of Agis defeated at M egalopolis. Early December: Alexander occupies Susa unopposed. 331 /0 Alexander forces Susian Gates. 330 ?
342/1 Olympias' brother Alexander succeeds to throne of Epirus with Philip's backing. 340 Congress of Allies meets in Athens. Alexander left as regent in Macedonia : his raid on the Maedi and the foundation of Alexandropolis. Philip's campaign against Pe;inthus and Byzantium. 339 September: Philip occupies Elatea. socrates' Panathenaicus. 338 ? 2 August: Battle of Chaeronea. xlvi Table of Dates Alexander among ambassadors to Athens. Philip marries Attalus' niece Cleopatra. Olympias and Alexander in exile.
Aneurin Bevan: A Biography, Volume 2: 1945–1960 by Michael Foot