By Chris Wrigley
This better half brings jointly 32 new essays by way of major historians to supply a reassessment of British heritage within the early 20th century. The members current lucid introductions to the literature and debates on significant features of the political, social and monetary background of england among 1900 and 1939.
- Examines debatable matters over the social influence of the 1st global struggle, specifically on girls
- Provides colossal assurance of alterations in Wales, Scotland and eire in addition to in England
- Includes a considerable bibliography, in order to be a useful advisor to secondary assets
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Not only was the Conservative government of Arthur James Balfour, who had succeeded his uncle, the 3rd marquis of Salisbury, in 1902, likely to take a great deal of beating, but the Liberals had also come to worry about the political arm of the labour movement, especially the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) of 1900, which had encountered some success in facing down Liberal candidates in by-elections. The so-called Lib–Lab pact of 1903 became one result of the latter anxiety. Liberals were luckier with the former difﬁculty for Balfour’s government began to tear itself apart the moment it settled into ofﬁce, with Joseph Chamberlain’s campaign of tariff reform exposing the depth of free-trade and protectionist opinion among the Unionists.
S. , 1988). For the politics of August–October 1931 and the character of the National government, see P. Williamson, National Crisis and National Government (Cambridge, 1992), chs 9–12, 14. M. Cowling, The Impact of Hitler (Cambridge, 1975), chs 1–3; P. Williamson, ‘Christian Conservatives and the totalitarian challenge 1933–1940’, English Historical Review, 115 (2000), pp. 607–42. , 1988). , The Peers, the Parties and the People: The General Elections of 1910 (London, 1972). , The Impact of Labour 1920–1924: The Beginning of Modern British Politics (Cambridge, 1971).
This emphasized the strategic problem of a three-party system and began the ﬁrst of two phases, in 1924 and 1931, of ruthless Unionist-Conservative actions against their opponents which resolved the problem in their favour, and which enabled the party’s other strengths – in electoral structure, organization and ideology – to become effective. Given the aim of assembling an anti-Labour majority, the crucial issue was the allegiance of Liberal voters and ‘moderates’ or ‘mugwumps’ committed neither to Labour nor to Conservatives.
A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain by Chris Wrigley