British Politics and the Great War: Coalition and Conflict, 1915-1918

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The first World War led to a fundamental realignment of British politics. A liberal government was swept away. The coalition that replaced it was in turn overthrown by a cross-party movement led by David Lloyd George, who came to power as the Liberal Prime Minister of a largely Conservative coalition in December 1916. In the postwar general election the historic Liberal Party was split in two and was replaced as the main party on the left by the reorganized and revitalized Labour Party. This study by John Turner explores this process of political change. Turner describes how the Lloyd George coalition first grappled with military disaster and the threat of economic collapse and then faced a further threat to political stability as the desire for a negotiated peace grew in the factories, in the corridors of Westminster, and even in the British army in France. He relates how Lloyd George and his Conservative allies tried to reconstruct the party system to suit themselves. The author examines the struggle for power among leading politicians, showing how that struggle was driven by the overwhelming problems of governing a society at war and anticipating the uncertainties of peace. He anatomizes British political society to explore how the war accelerated prewar development and diverted the course of change. He exposes paradoxes in political values, especially in attitudes toward the state, and reassesses the major personalities. His concluding study of the results of the 1918 election offers a picture of the emerging political geography of 20th century Britain.

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