Lloyd George, liberalism and the land: the land issue and party politics in England, 1906-1914

Packer, Ian (2001) Lloyd George, liberalism and the land: the land issue and party politics in England, 1906-1914. Royal Historical Society studies in history New series . Royal Historical Society, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK. ISBN 0861932528

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Abstract

In the late nineteenth century, Britain was one of the most urbanised societies in the world, yet land reform remained an important element in its politics. This book explores this paradox through an examination of the Liberal Party's increasing interest in the English dimension of the land question. Most historians have dismissed this phenomenon as a product of romantic views about the English countryside and Liberalism's failure to engage with the problems of urban society. In contrast, the author argues that English land reform was important to Liberals because it both expressed their deeply-held hostility to landowners and functioned as a variety of strategies to win electoral support and deal with pressing political issues. Moreover, while Liberals did not always benefit from their association with the land question, it became a matter of crucial significance in 1909-14, when Lloyd George unlocked its potential as an election-winning asset and used it to form a bridge between traditional radicalism and the New Liberalism

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Additional Information:In the late nineteenth century, Britain was one of the most urbanised societies in the world, yet land reform remained an important element in its politics. This book explores this paradox through an examination of the Liberal Party's increasing interest in the English dimension of the land question. Most historians have dismissed this phenomenon as a product of romantic views about the English countryside and Liberalism's failure to engage with the problems of urban society. In contrast, the author argues that English land reform was important to Liberals because it both expressed their deeply-held hostility to landowners and functioned as a variety of strategies to win electoral support and deal with pressing political issues. Moreover, while Liberals did not always benefit from their association with the land question, it became a matter of crucial significance in 1909-14, when Lloyd George unlocked its potential as an election-winning asset and used it to form a bridge between traditional radicalism and the New Liberalism
Keywords:Politics, Liberalism, Social history
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V145 Modern History 1900-1919
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Media
ID Code:681
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:14 May 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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