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From Empire to Welfare State: Britain 1885-1951

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From Empire to Welfare State: Britain 1885-1951

<p>This course will examine British political history from the late Nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War. Among the major themes that we will explore in this course are the decline of

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This course will examine British political history from the late Nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War. Among the major themes that we will explore in this course are the decline of the Liberal Party and the rise of Labour party and what this reveals about the changing character of British society, the increased democratisation of politics there in this period, the British experience of the First and the Second World War and the gradual decline in Britain’s position as the predominant power in the world.


SUGGESTED READING

  • K. Robbins, The Eclipse of a Great Power: Modern Britain, 1870-1975 (1983)
  • T.O. Lloyd, Empire to Welfare State: English History, 1906-1967 (1970)
  • P. Clarke, Hope and Glory: Britain, 1900-2000 (2004)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the course: the Ascendancy of the Conservative Party, 1885-1905
  • The Liberal Resurgence, 1906-14
  • The First World War & the 'Strange Death of Liberal England'
  • The Rise of the Labour Party, 1918-29
  • British Politics & the ‘Great Depression’, 1929-31
  • The National Government, 1931-39.
  • The Second World War & British Politics, 1939-45.
  • The Post-War Labour Government, 1945-51.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know some of the broad themes of this period in British history.
  2. Grasp some of the core themes in the political and social history of the period.