History of the Liberal Party in the Twentieth Century

History of the Liberal Party in the Twentieth Century

by David Dutton


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Most existing accounts of the British Liberal Party are written within the context of the party's decline. The passage of the twentieth century, however, enables a fresh view to be taken, which recognizes that the party has now been strengthening its position for more than forty years and has once again become a major player in British politics. This survey of British Liberalism from the era of Campbell-Bannerman to that of Charles Kennedy reviews existing literature while offering its own distinctive perspective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333746561
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 10/15/2004
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

David Dutton is Professor of Modern History at the University of Liverpool.

Table of Contents

• Preface by the Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy, MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats
• Introduction
• Strange Death or Edwardian Summer 1902-1916
• The Liberal Civil War 1916-1935
• So Few and So Futile 1935-1955
• Two Steps Forward and one Back 1955-1979
• A Cracked Mould and a New Beginning 1979-2001
• Conclusion
• Guide to Further Reading
• Appendix: The Liberal Performance at General Elections in the Twentieth Century
• Index

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