n South African Law Journal - House of Lords Reform: A History. Volume II 1943-1958: Hopes Rekindled, Peter Raina : book review

Volume 130, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



This is the second volume of Peter Raina's magnum opus on the history of the British upper House, which encapsulates documents and commentary on the period 1943 to 1958. The first volume recorded the genesis of the House of Lords, which is a unique second chamber, from its inception until 1937, and was reviewed by me in the (2012) 129 175. The second volume commences in 1943, when the end of the Second World War and its victorious outcome for the Allies could be contemplated with greater certainty. This volume contains documents that relate to the continuation of a quest to preserve and make the House of Lords more relevant for the post-war era, with its emphasis on democracy and egalitarianism. Some of the documentation is published for the first time. In this regard Raina (at xvii) states that '[t]hese papers, so carefully assembled in the National Archives, have only recently been made accessible to researchers'.

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