A radical firebrand and outspoken opponent of the Boer War, Lloyd George was an unlikely war leader but quickly emerged as the politician most able to rise to the extraordinary challenges of the Great War. Why did contemporaries see his role as so crucial? And were they right? Dr Jonathan Rodell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge and received his doctorate for a thesis on popular religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He lectures for the Institute of Continuing Education on various aspects of the social and religious history of Britain and America and was a Visiting Fellow of Southern Methodist University, Dallas.