About this course
This course looks at the key political developments in twentieth-century Britain from 1900 to the present. It is designed to provide an overview of general trends and also an in-depth assessment of certain historical events which have impacted the political culture of twentieth-century Britain.
The first part of the course deals with general themes in twentieth-century British political history, from the turn of the century to World War II. The second part looks at post-war society and traces the events that have led to the creation of a new British society as well as the continuation of past developments. Students will do specialised studies on various themes in British history such as the decline of the Liberal Party, rise of Labour, women's suffrage, the Irish question (including recent Northern Irish 'troubles') and the decline of the Empire. One recurring theme is the debate about a new Britain compared with a continuation of historical patterns.
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