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A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain by Chris Wrigley

By Chris Wrigley

This significant other brings jointly 32 new essays through top historians to supply a reassessment of British historical past within the early 20th century. The participants current lucid introductions to the literature and debates on significant facets of the political, social and financial historical past of england among 1900 and 1939.

  • Examines arguable concerns over the social impression of the 1st international battle, in particular on ladies
  • Provides enormous assurance of adjustments in Wales, Scotland and eire in addition to in England
  • Includes a considerable bibliography, in an effort to be a precious advisor to secondary assets

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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.

To these were added hostility towards the rising power of Germany, support for Irish Unionists and especially the Protestant Ulster loyalists, and a populist belief that ‘the people’ would support all these causes if only they had clear, firm and honest leadership. One group, the ‘social-imperialists’, were distinctive as doctrinaire Chamberlainites with a contempt for parliamentary politics and a 10 philip williamson technocratic belief in government by policy experts. But these were a tiny minority, and it is the larger and more diffuse body of Unionist dissidents that has raised interpretative problems.

Balfour argued that it was better to let the bill pass and rely on the Lords’ residual power to delay legislation until a general election than to have Liberals obtain an immediate and enduring House of Lords majority which could endorse radical measures whenever it wished. But his advice was publicly rejected by members of his shadow cabinet and a large contingent of Unionist peers and MPs – the ‘diehards’ – who were exasperated with yet more compromise, to the extent of trying the high-risk tactic of outright defiance of the government.

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