Tories and Television 1951–64

  • Anthony Ridge-Newman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


This introductory chapter explores the book’s research focus, which examines the role of television in driving change in the Conservative Party, 1951–64. Amid wider social and cultural changes, the advent of television is argued to have acted as a catalyst for change, the impact of which intensified as the omnipotence of the medium grew in political campaigning. The chapter outlines the book’s key components including definitions, questions, aims, approaches, sources and themes. Key sections include television as a new medium, and mapping Conservative Party change. The chapter summarizes the book’s main sources, with a focus on those examined at the Conservative Party Archive, Oxford. The chapter ends with an overview of the book, its key arguments and a brief outline of subsequent chapters.


BBC Conservative Party Archive Conservative Party New media Political history Television 


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  • Anthony Ridge-Newman
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUnited Kingdom

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