By Stephen J. Lee
HIST ninety eight brief blurb this article examines the entire significant subject matters, personalities and problems with this crucial interval in a transparent and digestible shape. Illustrated with with priceless maps, charts and diagrams. elements of British Political heritage 1914-1995 examines all of the significant issues, personalities and problems with this significant interval in a transparent and digestible shape. It: introduces clean angles to long-studied themes; consolidates a superb physique of contemporary study; analyzes perspectives of alternative historians; bargains an interpretive instead of narrative procedure; offers concise therapy to complicated concerns; is at once suitable to scholar questions and classes; is punctiliously organised to mirror the best way academics take on those classes; and is illustrated with important maps, charts, illustrations and images.
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For example, the Liberal President of the Board of Education, Pease, said that a new education bill would be introduced into Parliament in 1914. This, however, was suspended for four years and, when it resurfaced in 1918, education had to take its place on the queue of social priorities. The Fisher Education Act was therefore much more restricted than Pease’s earlier proposals. In complete contrast to education, there were some ways in which the war seemed likely to act as a progressive influence by revealing the necessity for further social action; unfortunately, the government could not fully deliver.
Second, and more fundamentally, Labour benefited in electoral terms. Their position before 1914 had been immensely frustrating: they had developed a permanent claim to a block of seats within Parliament but lacked the impetus to break through into the position of a major party. Such a transformation has, in fact, happened only twice in the politics of the United Kingdom—both in the First World War. One example was the considerable increase in Labour’s popular vote in 1918; the other was the transformation of Irish politics by the sudden eclipse of the moderate Irish Nationalists and the rise of the more extreme Sinn Fein.
A major crisis developed in 1915 over the ‘shell scandal’, involving a serious shortage of munitions. The Liberal government was broadened into a coalition, probably as an alternative to fighting—and losing—a general election. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the Liberal party’s problems. 7 Asquith came under direct attack not only from the Conservatives but more seriously from the Lloyd George faction within the Liberals. Lloyd George accused Asquith of being unable to provide effective control over the generals and to lead the War Committee.
Aspects of British political history, 1914-1995 by Stephen J. Lee