Aspects of British political history, 1914-1995 by Stephen J. Lee

By Stephen J. Lee

HIST ninety eight brief blurb this article examines the entire significant topics, personalities and problems with this crucial interval in a transparent and digestible shape. Illustrated with with valuable maps, charts and diagrams. facets of British Political background 1914-1995 examines the entire significant topics, personalities and problems with this significant interval in a transparent and digestible shape. It: introduces clean angles to long-studied subject matters; consolidates an excellent physique of modern study; analyzes perspectives of alternative historians; deals an interpretive instead of narrative technique; offers concise therapy to advanced matters; is at once suitable to scholar questions and classes; is punctiliously organised to mirror the way in which academics take on those classes; and is illustrated with priceless maps, charts, illustrations and pictures.

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Above all, Britain’s key role between 1940 and 1941 was to keep the war going until other stronger adversaries—the Soviet Union and the United States—entered it to destroy Germany. Britain’s role in the First World War was therefore more complete than it had been in any other conflict in her history. THE POLITICAL IMPACT It would have been surprising if a military effort on this scale had not led to substantial political changes. Some were apparent in the short term; others were longer-term trends for which the war had acted as a catalyst; and one was a political revolution which would, in all probability, not have occurred without the war.

The First World War completely distorted the trend that Irish history appeared to be taking up to 1914. Asquith’s Liberal Government had introduced the third Home Rule Bill in 1912, with the full support of the 84 Irish Nationalist MPs. Due to come into effect in 1914, this would have provided Ireland with a form of devolution: control over her internal affairs and dual representation at Westminster and Dublin. The settlement was, however, suspended when the First World War intervened. During the next four years the more extreme republican movement took the initiative in the form of Sinn Fein and the IRA; these organised the 1916 Easter Rebellion against British rule and demanded complete independence for Ireland.

Onewas the loss of the Indian market for textiles, upon which a substantial part of the early industrial revolution had been based; this was due to the Indian production of cotton and increasing competition from Japan. Another was the loss of two-thirds of the British market in South America which had been won by the United States during the upheaval of the war. A third was the end of British coal and steel exports to Europe as the continental countries built up their own capacity after 1919. From this perspective it would seem that the war interacted with an earlier trend and made it worse.

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