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The Liberal Party: Triumph and Disintegration, 1886-1929 (British History in Perspective)

Searle, G.R.

ISBN 10: 0333559150 / ISBN 13: 9780333559154
Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 1992
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Title: The Liberal Party: Triumph and ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 1992

Book Condition:Good

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In the course of the 1920s the Liberal Party disappeared as a serious party of government, though its demise followed hard upon one of its greatest periods of success. For many years historians have struggled to make sense of this strange story. Some see the Party's collapse as the consequence of a deep moral or ideological crisis, a loss of belief in Liberalism as a creed; the impact of the Great War, in particular, is said to have done irreparable damage to its adherents' self-confidence. Other historians think that the Liberals were replaced by Labour as a direct consequence of the growing importance of class divisions, though there is no clear agreement about when this important transition took place. This book provides a balanced survey of the rich literature which has grown up around this important topic. It introduces readers to the major lines of interpretation and suggests ways in which seemingly divergent accounts might be reconciled. This second edition now includes a new chapter on the Liberal Party and women's suffrage.

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G. R. SEARLE is Professor of English History at the University of East Anglia.

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