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The role of foreign secretary is a key one in British politics. In Choose Your Weapons, Douglas Hurd and Edward Young compare the approaches of a dozen or so holders of the office.

From Castlereagh and Canning, who drew pistols at dawn on Putney Heath in 1809, through Palmerston, Salisbury, Bevin and Eden, the styles of these politicians are compared and contrasted.

As the book covers a period between the early 19th to mid 20th century, Britain's changing role and influence in the world has had a major impact on the foreign secretary's influence and duties.

Also, Hurd and Young work from the premise that there are two main ways to approach the job - either by international alliances, treaties and co-operation or by active intervention and war.

Choose Your Weapons is a well-researched book which serves as a handy introduction to some of the major events of modern British history and politics.
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