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By Chris Wrigley

This significant other brings jointly 32 new essays by means of prime historians to supply a reassessment of British heritage within the early 20th century. The participants current lucid introductions to the literature and debates on significant elements of the political, social and monetary background of england among 1900 and 1939.

  • Examines arguable matters over the social impression of the 1st international conflict, specifically on girls
  • Provides massive insurance of alterations in Wales, Scotland and eire in addition to in England
  • Includes a considerable bibliography, with a view to be a important consultant to secondary resources

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Bonar Law voiced this sense of an illegitimate and amoral Radical coalition, in an abrasive style of opposition which went far towards restoring Unionist morale and confidence in the official leadership. Assisted by reform and unification of the party organizations after the 1910 election defeats and by the common cause of opposition to the Irish Home Rule and Welsh Church bills from 1912, Unionism again seemed an effective force. A parliamentary war of obstruction exhausted Liberal ministers and whips, while public defiance, including Law’s ringing endorsement of the Ulster loyalists, tested cabinet resolve to the utmost.

Source: adapted from F. W. S. Craig, British Electoral Facts 1832–1980 (Chichester, 1981). access are to little purpose without effective messages. 18 The reasons for mass female Conservatism are elusive, while any advantage from the changed pattern of parliamentary seats depends on the equation of ‘middle class’ with Conservative. Yet the middle classes comprised groups with diverse interests, some by no means ‘natural’ Unionist supporters and others unreliable, prone to abstention or defection to other parties or interest groups.

5 per cent. It had not been truly independent, with Unionist–Lloyd George Liberal pacts in 159 constituencies. A large Labour electoral advance placed it on the brink of becoming a party of government. Not only was the Unionist leadership split; major issues concerning the party’s stance and policies remained unresolved. Although the leadership did eventually reunite on an agreed strategy in 1924, wider cooperation remained fragile, as became obvious in another party crisis after election defeat in 1929.

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