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This list relates to the semester Semester One 2019/20 which does not start until 01/08/2019
  1. Week 3: From Walter Long to the Carlton Club: The Lloyd George Coalition 18 items
    1. This class covers the period to the fall of Lloyd George's coalition government in 1922. Effectively what I want to look at is the decline and death of Liberalism and the Liberal Party as a force of government. This takes in some events and ideas that pre-date the start date of the module, so your work will provide you with some background material.

    2. Background Reading 5 items
      (summary of events)
      1. Part Two: 1901 - 1931

        Chapter Recommended Page ranges: 85-87 for a framework of events; 123-136 for political events up to 1931; 115-122 for Ireland.

    3. Essential Reading 6 items
      1. Through this, you will see the relevance of: 

      2. Liberalism Divided: A Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939 - Michael Freeden, Oxford University Press 1986 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      3. The franchise factor in the rise of the Labour Party - H. C. G. MATTHEW, R. I. MCKIBBIN, J. A. KAY 1976

        Article Essential

    4. Further Reading 5 items
      1. The strange death of Liberal England - George Dangerfield 1936

        Book Background with many later editions from various publishers

      2. The Downfall of the Liberal Party, 1914-1935 - Trevor Wilson 2011

        Book Background

    5. Questions to Consider

      What I want to concentrate on is the decline/death of Liberalism. Although one can clearly not isolate this from discussions of other parties, these will occupy following weeks. So the questions you might like to think about are:

      • What killed the Liberal Party as a force & when?   Why was it not able to revive after WW1?
      • What was Lloyd George's 'party' affiliation & how strong was his position as head of the Coalition?
      • Why did the Coalition collapse: long & short term?
      • Why were the Liberals ineffective in 1922?

  2. Week 4: The First and Second Labour Governments 27 items
    1. This class continues the assessment of the three main political parties by looking at the newest of them all – the Labour Party. On two occasions the Labour Party formed administrations, although both were 'minority' governments (Labour plus the Liberals allied against the Conservatives).

    2. Page The first Labour administration followed the General Election of 6 December, 1923[1]. You will see from the results below that the Conservatives (under Baldwin) were the largest party and continued to govern until 22 January 1924; at this point Baldwin re... click to read more
    3. Background Reading 8 items
      (summary of events)
      1. The rise of the Labour Party, 1880-1945 - Paul Adelman 1996

        Book Recommended

      2. Chapter 4, ‘Safety First’

        Chapter Recommended Covers all political parties between 1922 and 1929

      3. Chapter 7, ‘Three Party Politics’

        Chapter Recommended Especially 170-173, 187-189 & 192-202

      4. Chapter 7, 'The Rise of Labour 1867-1940'

        Chapter Recommended Pages 233-251; 256-60; 270-273

      5. Chapter 12 ‘Mass Democracy in an Age of Decline’

        Chapter Recommended Gives an overview of the period that covers the first three of these seminars

      6. Chapter 22 ‘The Rise of Labour 1918-29’

        Chapter Recommended Especially 180-184.

      7. Chapter 2: Between Two Wars

        Chapter Recommended Pages: 72-74; 82-87; 92-94; 101-107

      8. The Robbins chapter from last week will also be helpful

    4. Essential Reading 8 items
      1. The Franchise Factor in the Rise of the Labour Party - H. C. G. Matthew, J. A. Kay, R. I. McKibbin 1976

        Article Essential

      2. ‘Labour and Welfare’ (pp.80-118), ‘Labour and Gender’ (pp.191-220), ‘Labour and the trade unions’ (pp.221-247) and ‘Labour and its membership’ (pp.248-280).

        Chapter Essential Especially chapters on ‘Labour and Welfare’, ‘Labour and Gender’, ‘Labour and the trade unions’ and ‘Labour and its membership’

      3. A history of the British Labour Party - Andrew Thorpe 2015

        Book Essential

    5. Further Reading 8 items
      1. The evolution of the Labour Party, 1910-1924 - Ross McKibbin 1974

        Book Background

      2. Labour and the Left in the 1930s - Ben Pimlott 1977

        Book Background

      3. Labour in crisis: the second Labour government 1929-1931 - Neil Riddell 1999

        Book Background

    6. Questions to consider

        • What groups (above and beyond the Labour Party) represent the Labour movement?
        • In what ways did the Labour Party machine develop during WW1?
        • What are the main interests of the Labour movement (including the Labour Party) in the 1920s?
        • How well did the Labour Party serve these interests up to 1931?
        • Why was it not more successful in government, and could it have been so?
        • How different was the Labour Party from the Liberal Party, how close was it to the Trade Union movement and what was its relationship to the Communist Party?
        • Why did the Labour Party become electorally successful in the inter-war period?
        • Was the Labour Party successful in its aims?

  3. Week 5 23 items
    1. The 1920s are seen as the period when the domination of the Conservative Party began. In part we have already looked at the beginning of this, and it will be worthwhile you looking at the documents from the 'Liberal Party' seminar which relate to first the continuation and then the dissolution of the Conservative –dominated coalition government up to 1922.

      The period saw much for the Conservatives to be proud of. They won the General Elections of October 1922 and 1924 and they formed the only single-party majority government of the entire inter-war period between 1924 and 1929. They had the most popular, trusted leader in Stanley Baldwin. However, they also had losses, notably in the shock 1923 General Election and that at the end of their almost 5 years in power in 1929. 'Safety First', the campaign slogan used in 1929, was successful to a degree, but not always.

    2. Background Reading 5 items
      (summary of events)
      1. Chapter 4, ‘Safety First’

        Chapter Recommended

      2. Chapter 7, ‘Three Party Politics’

        Chapter Recommended Especially 167-169; 173-176; 181-187

      3. Fourteenth-Century Crises in England

        Chapter Recommended Pages: 73-74; 88-92; 94-96; 99-101

    3. Essential Reading 8 items
      1. The Tories and the people 1880-1935 - Martin Pugh 1985

        Book Essential

    4. Further Reading 8 items
      1. A history of Conservative politics, 1900-1996 - John Charmley 1996

        Book Background

      2. Why do the people hate me so?: the strange interlude - Jeremy Dobson 2010

        Book Background

      3. The making of modern British politics, 1867-1939 - Martin Pugh 1993

        Book Background Another edition is also available from the library

      4. Stanley Baldwin: Conservative leadership and national values - Philip Williamson 1999

        Book Background

    5. Questions to consider

      • What do you understand by the term 'Conservative Party'?
      • What did Stanley Baldwin bring that neither Bonar Law nor Austen Chamberlain had?
      • What is it more accurate: Tory strength or others' weaknesses and divisions?
      • Why did the Conservatives lose in 1923 and 1929?

  4. Week 6: The Irish Question or the English Question? 22 items
    1. This week we will be looking at the events surrounding the creation of the Irish Free State and the partition of the counties of Ulster. Home Rule had been granted in the early days of WW1 (but postponed until the end of the war) and the Easter Rising had polarised opinions in Ireland on independence. All the major British political parties had to confront the problem over whether Ireland would be a unified or divided nation once the likely independence – within the Commonwealth (at least for now) – was achieved.

    2. Background Reading 8 items
      1. Great Britain and the Irish question, 1800-1922 - Paul Adelman, Robert D. Pearce 2001

        Book Recommended

      2. The Ulster crisis, 1885-1922 - David George Boyce, Alan O'Day 2005

        Book Recommended

      3. Hope and glory: Britain 1900-2000 - Peter Clarke 2004

        Book Recommended Check the index entry for references to Ireland, but especially around p. 100.

      4. Chapter 2, 'Between Two Wars: 1919-1939' - Ireland

        Chapter Recommended

    3. Essential Reading 3 items
      1. Chapter 7, 'Ireland and British Politics 1900-1939’ - D. George Boyce

        Chapter Essential Especially pages 106 onwards

    4. Further Reading 9 items
      1. Ireland since 1800: conflict and conformity - K. Theodore Hoppen 1999

        Book Background The best text on Irish History (therefore looking at things from an Irish point of view, rather than from Britain)

      2. Irish Historical Studies

        Journal Background Much can be gleaned from the pages of the journal Irish Historical Studies which is available via JSTOR

      3. Ireland 1798-1998: politics and war - Alvin Jackson 1999

        Book Background

    5. Questions to consider

      • Who were the main personalities in the Irish independence movement?
      • Why were they divided?
      • What were the positions of the main British political parties?
      • Why were the Conservatives particularly troubled by the prospect of cessation?

  5. Week 7: The General Strike 21 items
    1. For nine days, from just before midnight on 3 May until midday on 12 May 1926, Britain was subject to the most important industrial conflict in its history up to that point. Some 1.75 million vital workers went on strike in sympathy with some 800,000 miners who had been locked out by mine owners. The General Strike has been described by Skelley as 'the greatest crime that has been committed … against the working class of Great Britain and the whole world'. Skelley was a Marxist historian, and others (for example G.A. Phillips) have instead focused on how Trades Union development was not really affected by the strike at all. It is notable for being the only such conflict in British history, and also for being a relatively untroubled by violence. Its causes and long-term effects have been debated, and we aim in this class to investigate some of these themes.

    2. Background Reading 7 items
      (summary of events)
      1. Chapter 4, ‘Safety First’

        Chapter Recommended

      2. A history of Britain, 1885-1939 - John Davis 1999

        Book Background

      3. Private lives, public spirit: Britain 1870-1914 - José Harris 1994

        Book Recommended

      4. A history of British trade unionism 1700-1998 - W. Hamish Fraser 1999

        Book Recommended

      5. Chapter 22, 'The Rise of Labour, 1918-29'

        Chapter Recommended

    3. Essential Reading 8 items
      1. The General Strike. - Martin Pugh 2006

        Article Essential

      2. The General Strike of 1926 - Keith Laybourn c1993

        Book Essential

      3. A very British strike - Anne Perkins 2007

        Book Essential

      4. The General Strike: the politics of industrial conflict - Gordon Phillips 1976

        Book Essential

      5. The General Strike, 1926 - Jeffrey Skelley 1976

        Book Essential

    4. Further Reading 4 items
      1. Revisiting the General Strike - Keith Laybourn 04/2006

        Article Background

      2. THE HISTORIC LABOUR PARTY. - R.I. McKibben Nov 1983

        Article Background

      3. The General Strike - Patrick Renshaw 1975

        Book Background

    5. Questions to consider

        • What were the main effects of the strike in the long-term?
        • Was it successful?
        • Who gained from the strike?
        • Did it show that British industrial relations were stable?

  6. Week 8: From Liberalism to Conservatism: Women and the Vote 16 items
    1. The 1918 Representation of the People Act gave all men and all women over the age of 30 the vote. Although this has long been recognised as a first step towards female emancipation and equality, it is usually seen as marking the end of the campaigns of the NUWSS and WPSU for the vote. It was not. It took another tend years for true electoral equality to be granted, when the voting age for women was brought in line with that for men at 21. This seminar looks at the more understated campaign to extend the franchise one further time, moving from equality in the number of men and women allowed to vote towards equality in the terms on which men and women voted. Some of the reasons for the choice and acceptance of the initial lower age limit of 30 are shown, together with the later arguments for and against this final extension, as well as the extent to which the 'old' views of many persisted and the new forms which it took.

    2. Background Reading 4 items
      (summary of events)
      1. Votes for women, 1860-1928 - Paula Bartley 2007

        Book Recommended

      2. Women and the women's movement in Britain since 1914 - Martin Pugh, Martin Pugh 2015

        Book Recommended

      3. Chapter 1, 'Votes for Women (and Men)' (Additional paragraph on page 101)

        Chapter Recommended 43-50 covers the campaign up to 1918; a single paragraph on page 101 sums up the period 1918-1928

    3. Essential Reading 6 items
      1. Chapter 8, 'Women and Politics, 1900-1939' - C. Collette

        Chapter Essential Especially page 123 onwards

    4. Further Reading 4 items
      1. Mrs Maggs and Betty - David Jarvis 1994

        Article Background

      2. Votes for women in Britain 1867-1928 - Martin Pugh, Malcolm Crook, Historical Association c1994

        Book Background

    5. Questions to consider

        • Why was the vote not awarded on an equal basis in 1918?
        • How far were these fears realised by 1928?
        • To what extent did the old prejudices still exist?
        • Why do we see the Conservatives, rather than Labour or the Liberals, supporting the cause in 1928?
        • Did women getting the vote make that much difference?
        • What did it symbolise beyond the immediate issue of electoral representation?

  7. Week 9: Extremist Politics in the 1920s & 1930s 43 items
    1. Political extremism was nothing new in British politics. However, the unique conditions of the inter-war period allowed extremist parties to develop in an unparalleled way in this country. Having said that, neither political extreme (the Communist Party of Great Britain – or CPGB – on the left; the British Union of Fascists – or BUF – on the right) were able to grow in the way that they had in other European countries. However, both were more successful than one might now think. The CPGB actually won parliamentary representation in both London and Scotland, and the BUF organised mass demonstrations (most notably at Olympia) with much support, especially at first via the Daily Mail and its owner Lord Rothermere. The reasons for the popular rise of these parties, and their failure particularly to take advantage of the catastrophic economic collapse of the late 1920s and early 1930s is the subject of this seminar.

      There is a massive literature on this subject, especially the British Union of Fascists. This list barely scratches the surface:

       

    2. Background Reading 7 items
      (summary of events)
      1. A history of Britain, 1885-1939 - John Davis 1999

        Book Recommended

      2. Britain since 1789: a concise history - Martin Pugh 1999

        Book Recommended

      3. Chapter 2, 'Between Two Wars, 1919-1939

        Chapter Recommended Covers the period and makes reference to extremist parties occasionally

      4. The Communist Party of Great Britain is referenced in the Duncan Tanner chapter on the Labour Movement that you had for your essential reading in the second seminar.

      5. Chapter 2, 'The Surge to Second-Party Status, 1914-22'

        Chapter Recommended Mentions both the CPGB and Mosley in passing several times

    3. Essential Reading 15 items
      1. Feminine fascism: women in Britain's fascist movement - Julie V. Gottlieb 2003

        Book Essential

      2. Is CPGB History Important? - Harriet Jones 12/2002

        Article Essential

      3. Chapter 1, ‘Communist Culture and Anti-Fascism in inter-war Britain’ - Thomas Linehan

        Chapter Essential

      4. Chapter 3, ‘The Conservative Party, Fascism and Anti-Fascism 1918-1939’ - P. Williamson

        Chapter Essential

    4. Further Reading 19 items
      1. A Suffrage reader: charting directions in British suffrage history - Claire Eustance, Joan Ryan, Laura Ugolini 2000

        Book Background

      2. Varieties of anti-fascism: Britain in the inter-war period - Nigel Copsey, Andrzej Olechnowicz c2010

        Book Background Beyond the chapters recommended above

      3. Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British fascism - Stephen Dorril 2007

        Book Background

      4. Women and fascism - Martin Durham 1998

        Book Background

      5. 'Why Olympia mattered' - Jon Lawrence 05/2005

        Article Background

      6. British fascism, 1918-1939: parties, ideology and culture - Thomas P. Linehan 2000

        Book Background

      7. Oswald Mosley and the New Party - Matthew Worley 2010

        Book Background

    5. Questions to consider

        • What was attractive about these particular groups?
      • What conditions allowed them to gain support?

        • Was it inevitable that they would fail?
        • Why did they fail?
        • Was the role of local politics important?

  8. Week 10: The National Government in the 1930s 29 items
    1. Page The financial crisis caused by the Wall Street Crash at the end of 1929 was starting to bite by early 1931. The minority Labour government found it virtually impossible to act to get any legislative programme through parliament. Industries were squeezed a... click to read more
    2. Background Reading 8 items
      (Summary of events)
      1. The Thirties

        Chapter Recommended Covers the domestic and foreign policy of the National Government.

      2. Chapter 22, 'Party Politics'

        Chapter Recommended Looks at this period and beyond

      3. Chapter 20, The Last British War

        Chapter 

      4. The national government, 1931-40 - Nick Smart 1999

        Book Recommended

      5. Chapter 3, 'Progress and Collapse, 1922-31' & Chapter 4, 'Remaking the Party? 1931-39'

        Chapter Recommended Chapters 3 & 4 deal with the period under question from the view of the Labour Party only

    3. Essential Reading 8 items
      1. You would do well to look once again at the material from the weeks on the Conservatives, Labour and Liberals, particularly the chapters I asked you to read on each party – these will contain references to the period of the National Government as it affected each party.

    4. Further Reading 11 items
      1. The politics of crisis: an interpretation of British politics, 1931-1945 - Geoffrey K. Fry 2001

        Book Background

      2. The British general election of 1931 - Andrew Thorpe 1991

        Book Background

    5. Questions to consider

      • What did each political party have to gain and to lose by its association with a national government?

      • What, in particular, did Labour lose?

      • Was it a disaster for Labour in the short term and long term?

      • Why did the National Government continue beyond the initial emergency?

      • What role did the King play? Was he acting unconstitutionally?

  9. Week 11: Overseas Issues in the inter-war period 20 items
    1. The inter-war period is dominated by three issues – the peace settlement of Versailles; the League of Nations; the approaching war in the 1930s. Much of this is familiar to many of us. This week I will focus on views of the appeasement of Germany in the 1930s.

       

      The session will be run slightly differently, in that we will be having a debate. Half of you will take the view that appeasement is a pragmatically sensible policy, and half of you will take the view that it was folly and should have never been allowed to happen. We will then have a debate on the issues.

    2. Background Reading 4 items
      (Summary of events)
      1. A Chapter

        Chapter Recommended

      2. Jarrow, Abdication, and Appeasement

        Chapter Recommended

      3. Chapter 24, 'The Era of Appeasement'

        Chapter Recommended

    3. Essential Reading 3 items
      1. 'Guilty women', foreign policy, and appeasement in inter-war Britain - Julie V. Gottlieb 2015 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

    4. It is also worthwhile looking at the following: 12 items
      1. Chamberlain and the lost peace - John Charmley 1989

        Book 

      2. Neville Chamberlain - David Dutton 2001

        Book 

      3. Hitler, Chamberlain and appeasement - Frank McDonough 2002

        Book 

      4. Chapter 5, 'No War 1919-40'

        Chapter 

      5. Appeasement - Keith Robbins 1997

        Book 

      6. Neville Chamberlain: a political life - Robert C. Self 2006

        Book 

  10. BIBLIOGRAPHY 314 items
    1. This reading list is intended to support the module as a whole, and to provide reading ideas for the assignments. I have listed all materials here, rather than splitting some off as 'assignment books', so that you can see a wider range and develop your own specific reading lists. Please remember that there is, inevitably, a great deal of overlap between the selected headings, and that items listed in one section may well be relevant for other subjects too: you should read the bibliography as a whole when planning reading for research and revision.

    2. 1. General texts 37 items
      1. OXFORD HISTORY OF ENGLAND SERIES: This series is currently being re-written as the New Oxford History of England. and, unfortunately, the volume for the inter-war period has not yet been published. I would, though, recommend the volume covering the period up to the end of WW1 as a good background piece. This is G.R. Searle's A New England? Peace and War 1886-1918 (Oxford, 2005). The volume of the original series that covers our period is now rather outdated, but it does provide some factual information and a chronology that will, of course, change little. It is worth consulting, but be aware that it will not contain up-to-date information. It is volume 15 of the series, A.J. P. Taylor's English History 1914-1945 (Oxford, 1965). A more up-to-date 'Oxford' text – if a little more basic and much shorter – is Keith Robbins, The British Isles, 1901-1951 (Oxford, 2002).

      2. OXFORD DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY: will contain well-researched biographies of all the major political players of the period. It has recently been revised and is available through the institution's Athens access online at: 

      3. Narrating the thirties: a decade in the making 1930 to the present - John Baxendale, Christopher Pawling 1995

        Book 

      4. A social history of England 1851-1990 - François Bédarida 1991

        Book 

      5. The decline of power 1915-1964 - Robert Blake Blake 1986, c1985

        Book 

      6. Britain in the nineteen thirties - Noreen Branson, Margot Heinemann 1971

        Book 

      7. Britain in the Nineteen Twenties - Noreen Branson 1975

        Book 

      8. Hope and glory: Britain 1900-1990 - Peter Clarke 1996

        Book 

      9. A history of Britain, 1885-1939 - John Davis 1999

        Book 

      10. War and progress: Britain, 1914-1945 - P. E. Dewey 1997

        Book 

      11. The decline of industrial Britain: 1870-1980 - Michael Dintenfass 1992

        Book 

      12. Britain in transition: the twentieth century - Alfred F. Havighurst 1985

        Book 

      13. A history of Northern Ireland, 1920-1996 - Thomas Hennessey 1997

        Book 

      14. Crises in the British state 1880-1930 - Mary Langan, Bill Schwarz, University of Birmingham. Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

        Book 

      15. British political history 1867-2001: democracy and decline - Malcolm L. Pearce, Geoffrey Stewart 2002

        Book 

      16. Modern Britain, 1885-1955 - Henry Pelling 1974

        Book 

      17. The rise of professional society: England since 1880 - Harold Perkin 2002

        Book 

      18. Britain and Europe, 1789-2005 - Keith Robbins 2005

        Book 

      19. British society, 1914-45 - John Stevenson 1984

        Book 

      20. Britishness since 1870 - Paul Ward 2004

        Book 

    3. 2. Documentary Collections 8 items
      1. (Material from these collections will be of use in all areas of the module)

      2. Abstract of British historical statistics - B. R. Mitchell, Phyllis Deane 1971

        Book 

      3. Human documents of the Lloyd George era - E. Royston Pike 1972

        Book 

      4. The British Empire - Jane Samson 2001

        Book 

    4. 3. Politics 192 items
      1. 3a. Primary sources (including memoirs) 18 items
        1. Ramsay MacDonald's political writings - James Ramsay Macdonald, Bernard Barker 1972

          Book 

        2. Liberal Party general election manifestos 1900-1997 - Iain Dale 2000

          Book 

        3. Fulness of days - Edward Frederick Lindley Wood Halifax 1957

          Book 

        4. Winds of change, 1914-1939 - Harold Macmillan 1966

          Book 

        5. Whitehall diary: Vol.2: 1926-1930 - Thomas Jones, Keith Middlemas 1969

          Book 

        6. My life - Oswald Mosley 1968

          Book 

        7. Diaries and letters - Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson 1966

          Book 

        8. Diaries and letters - Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson 1967

          Book 

        9. Diaries and letters - Harold Nicolson, Nigel Nicolson 1968

          Book 

        10. Forward from Liberalism - Stephen Spender 1937

          Book 

        11. Baldwin papers: a conservative statesman, 1908-1947 - Philip Williamson, Edward Baldwin 2004

          Book 

      2. 3b. Secondary sources 174 items
        1. The rise of the Labour Party, 1880-1945 - Paul Adelman 1996

          Book 

        2. The decline of the Liberal Party 1910-1931 - Paul Adelman 1981

          Book 

        3. Mass conservatism: the Conservatives and the public since the 1880s - Stuart Ball, Ian Holliday 2002

          Book 

        4. Dictionary of labour biography - Joyce M. Bellamy, John Saville 1972-

          Book 

        5. The Fascist movement in Britain. -- - Robert Benewick

          Book 

        6. The liberal mind, 1914-1929 - Michael Bentley 1977

          Book 

        7. Churchill - Robert Blake Blake, William Roger Louis 1994

          Book 

        8. The Conservative Party from Peel to Thatcher - Blake, Robert Blake Baron 1985

          Book 

        9. The Irish question and British politics, 1868-1996 - D. G. Boyce, D. G. Boyce 1996

          Book 

        10. Anti-Catholicism in Northern Ireland, 1600-1998: the mote and the beam - John D. Brewer, Gareth I. Higgins 1998

          Book 

        11. The English labour movement 1700-1951 - Kenneth D. Brown 1982

          Book 

        12. The coming of the Welfare State - Maurice Bruce 1968

          Book 

        13. The life and times of Ernest Bevin - Alan Bullock Bullock 1983

          Book 

        14. Clement Attlee: a political biography - Trevor Burridge 1985

          Book 

        15. The Conservatives: a history from their origins to 1965 - Norman Gash, Richard Austen Butler Butler 1977

          Book 

        16. The origins of British bolshevism - Raymond Challinor 1977

          Book 

        17. Englishness: politics and culture 1880-1920 - Robert Colls, Philip Dodd 2014

          Book 

        18. A short history of the Liberal Party, 1900-2001 - Chris Cook 2002

          Book 

        19. Social conflict and the political order in modern Britain - James E. Cronin, Jonathan Schneer c1982

          Book 

        20. Liberal Party politics in Britain - Arthur Cyr 1977

          Book 

        21. The Conservative Party and Patriotism - H. Cunningham

          Chapter 

        22. Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British fascism - Stephen Dorril 2007

          Book 

        23. Crises in the British state 1880-1930 - Mary Langan, Bill Schwarz, University of Birmingham. Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

          Book 

        24. Neville Chamberlain - David Dutton 2001

          Book 

        25. A history of the Liberal Party in the twentieth century - David Dutton 2004

          Book 

        26. LABOUR AND THE LESSONS OF 1931 - ROGER EATWELL, ANTHONY WRIGHT 1978

          Article 

        27. England arise!: the Labour Party and popular politics in 1940s Britain - Steven Fielding, Peter Thompson, N. Tiratsoo 1995

          Book 

        28. The evolution of the British welfare state - Derek Fraser 2009

          Book 

        29. The Discovery of Rural England - A. Hawkins

          Chapter 

        30. The middle class: a history - Lawrence James 2006

          Book 

        31. Churchill: a study in failure, 1900-1939 - Robert Rhodes James 1970

          Book 

        32. War and reform: British politics during the Second World War - Kevin Jefferys 1994

          Book 

        33. Remembering Cable Street: fascism and anti-fascism in British society - Tony Kushner, Nadia Valman 2000

          Book 

        34. Liberalism and the rise of Labour 1890-1918 - Keith Laybourn, Jack Reynolds 1984

          Book 

        35. The rise of socialism in Britain c.1881-1951 - Keith Laybourn 1997

          Book 

        36. Political anti-semitism in England, 1918-1939 - Gisela C. Lebzelter 1978

          Book 

        37. British fascism: essays on the radical right in inter-war Britain - Kenneth Lunn, Richard Thurlow 1980

          Book 

        38. The first Labour government, 1924 - Richard W. Lyman 1957

          Book 

        39. Neville Chamberlain - Iain Macleod 1961

          Book 

        40. Ramsay MacDonald - David Marquand 1977

          Book 

        41. Social policy in the twentieth century - T. H. Marshall 1975

          Book 

        42. The Franchise Factor in the Rise of the Labour Party - H. C. G. Matthew, R. I. McKibbin, J. A. Kay 1976

          Article  Also reprinted in R. McKibbin, The ideologies of class : social relations in Britain 1880-1950 (Oxford, 1990)

        43. Rhetoric and Politics in Britain, 1860-1950 - H. C. G. Matthew

          Chapter 

        44. The evolution of the Labour Party, 1910-1924 - Ross McKibbin 1974

          Book 

        45. The ideologies of class: social relations in Britain, 1880-1950 - Ross McKibbin c1994

          Book 

        46. Baldwin - Roy Jenkins 1987

          Book 

        47. The political economy of nationalisation in Britain 1920-1950 - Robert Millward, John Singleton 1995

          Book 

        48. Baldwin: the unexpected prime minister - H. Montgomery Hyde 1973

          Book 

        49. The emergence of the Labour Party, 1880-1924 - Roger Moore 1978

          Book 

        50. J. Ramsay MacDonald - Austen Morgan c1987

          Book 

        51. The morbid age: Britain and the crisis of civilization - R. J. Overy 2010

          Book 

        52. The politics of reappraisal, 1918-1939 - Gillian Peele, Chris Cook 1975

          Book 

        53. A short history of the Labour Party - Henry Pelling 1972

          Book 

        54. A very British strike - Anne Perkins 2007

          Book 

        55. The rise of the Labour Party, 1893-1931 - Gordon Phillips 1992

          Book 

        56. Labour and the Left in the 1930s - Ben Pimlott 1977

          Book 

        57. The making of modern British politics 1867-1939 - Martin Pugh 1982

          Book 

        58. The Tories and the people 1880-1935 - Martin Pugh 1985

          Book 

        59. Votes for women in Britain 1867-1928 - Martin Pugh, Malcolm Crook, Historical Association c1994

          Book 

        60. Women's suffrage in Britain, 1867-1928 - Martin Pugh 1980

          Book 

        61. A History of the Conservative party - John Ramsden 1978

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        62. Churchill - Keith Robbins 1992

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        63. Politicians, diplomacy, and war in modern British history - Keith Robbins 1994

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        64. Harold Nicolson - Norman Rose

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        65. Crises in the British state 1880-1930 - Mary Langan, Bill Schwarz, University of Birmingham. Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

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        66. Neville Chamberlain: a political life - Robert C. Self 2006

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        67. The evolution of the British party system: 1885-1940 - Robert C. Self 2000

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        68. Britain's first Labour government - John Shepherd, Keith Laybourn 2006

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        69. Oswald Mosley - Robert Skidelsky 1975

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        70. The national government, 1931-40 - Nick Smart 1999

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        71. The taming of democracy: the Conservative Party, 1880-1924 - Jeremy Smith 1997

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        72. The Conservative leadership, 1832-1932 - Donald Southgate 1974

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        73. Britain in the Depression: society and politics, 1929-1939 - John Stevenson, Chris Cook 1994

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        74. The slump: Britain in the Great Depression - John Stevenson, Chris Cook 2010

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        75. The rise and fall of British liberalism, 1776-1988 - Alan Sykes 1997

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        76. Labour's first century - Duncan Tanner, Pat Thane, N. Tiratsoo 2000

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        77. The Labour party in Wales, 1900-2000 - Duncan Tanner, Chris Williams, Deian Hopkin 2001

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        78. Origins of British Social Policy - Pat Thane Mar 30, 1981

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        79. A history of the British Labour Party - Andrew Thorpe 2015

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        80. Fascism in Britain: a history, 1918-1985 - Richard Thurlow 1987

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        81. Lloyd George & Churchill: rivals for greatness - Richard Toye 2008

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        82. The ideology of the British Right, 1918-1939 - G. C. Webber c1986

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        83. The Downfall of the Liberal Party, 1914-1935 - Trevor Wilson 2011

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        84. Oswald Mosley and the New Party - Matthew Worley 2010

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        85. Arthur Henderson - Chris Wrigley 1990

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    5. 4. Military and Overseas Issues (including Ireland) 63 items
      1. 4a. Primary sources (including memoirs) 6 items
        1. Fulness of days - Edward Frederick Lindley Wood Halifax 1957

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        2. WAR MEMOIRS OF DAVID LLOYD GEORGE - David Lloyd George 1938

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        3. The truth about the peace treaties - David Lloyd George 1938

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      2. 4b. Secondary sources 57 items
        1. The Audit of War - Correlli Barnett April 1987 (Paperback)

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        2. The collapse of British power - Correlli Barnett 1972

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        3. The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 - Piers Brendon 2007

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        4. The Ulster crisis, 1885-1922 - David George Boyce, Alan O'Day 2005

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        5. The Irish question and British politics, 1868-1996 - D. G. Boyce, D. G. Boyce 1996

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        6. The myth of the Blitz - Angus Calder 1991

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        7. The People’s War 1939-1945 - Angus Calder 1992

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        8. The fall of the British Empire, 1918-1968 - Colin Cross 1968

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        9. The British industrial decline - Jean-Pierre Dormois, Michael Dintenfass 1999

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        10. Ireland since 1800: conflict and conformity - K. Theodore Hoppen 1999

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        11. Britain's declining empire: the road to decolonisation, 1918-1968 - Ronald Hyam 2006

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        12. The rise and fall of British naval mastery - Paul M. Kennedy 1976

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        13. Churchill as war leader: right or wrong? - Richard Lamb 1991

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        14. This sceptred isle: empire - Christopher Lee 2005

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        15. Voices of war: front line and home front - Peter Liddle 1988

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        16. The British empire, 1558-1995 - Trevor Owen Lloyd 1996

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        17. Ireland Since the Famine: Volume 1 - F. S. L. Lyons 2009

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        18. 1914-1918: voices & images of the Great War - Lyn Macdonald, Shirley Seaton, Lyn Macdonald 1988

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        19. Irish Question 1840-1921 - Mansergh June 1976 (Paperback)

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        20. The deluge - Wendy Simpson 1991

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        21. Dublin 1916: an illustrated anthology - Roger McHugh 1976

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        22. Irish home rule 1867-1921 - Alan O'Day 1998

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        23. The makers of British foreign policy: from Pitt to Thatcher - Thomas G. Otte 2002

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        24. 1940: myth and reality - Clive Ponting 1990

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        25. Appeasement - Keith Robbins 1997

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        26. The First World War - Keith Robbins 1985, c1984

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        27. Vansittart: study of a diplomat - Norman Rose 1978

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        28. British propaganda during the First World War, 1914-18 - M. L. Sanders, Philip M. Taylor 1982

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        29. Britain and the First World War - John Turner 1988

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        30. The Great War and the British people - J. M. Winter 2003

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    6. Journals 13 items
      1. Journals provide many up-to-date articles on current areas of debate. I suggest that you look particularly at the following journals;

      2. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

        Journal  (previously known as The Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research)