A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain by Chris Wrigley

By Chris Wrigley

This spouse brings jointly 32 new essays by means of prime historians to supply a reassessment of British historical past within the early 20th century. The individuals current lucid introductions to the literature and debates on significant points of the political, social and financial historical past of england among 1900 and 1939.

  • Examines arguable concerns over the social influence of the 1st global conflict, specifically on girls
  • Provides immense assurance of alterations in Wales, Scotland and eire in addition to in England
  • Includes a considerable bibliography, in order to be a helpful advisor to secondary resources

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Doubts were also raised about the government’s commitment to upholding national interests in the world, especially the preservation of naval dominance over Germany. By these means the sectarian interests and sectionalism of Liberals and their allies were exposed, their divisions widened and Liberal ministers demoralized. A series of Unionist by-election victories in 1907–8 indicated a substantial electoral recovery, encouraged greater unity and promised an end to Unionist ‘crisis’. Liberal determination as much as Unionist miscalculation again explains why the eventual outcome was very different.

122–4. R. McKibbin, The Ideologies of Class (Oxford, 1990), pp. 95, 287–8. the conservative party, 1900–1939 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 21 ‘Class and conventional wisdom: the Conservative party and the “public” in inter-war Britain’, in McKibbin, Ideologies, pp. 259–93. Cf. D. Jarvis, ‘British Conservatism and class politics in the 1920s’, English Historical Review, 111 (1996), pp. 59–84. P. Williamson, ‘The doctrinal politics of Stanley Baldwin’, in M. , Public and Private Doctrine: Essays in British History presented to Maurice Cowling (Cambridge, 1995), pp.

McKibbin, Classes and Cultures: England 1918–1951 (Oxford, 1998), pp. 96–7, 529–30; Hutchison, ‘Scottish Unionism between the wars’, pp. 80–3. Cowling, Impact of Labour, p. 421. P. Williamson, ‘Safety first: Baldwin, the Conservative party, and the 1929 general election’, Historical Journal, 25 (1982), pp. 385–409. 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.

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