• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why was the Edwardian times a 'golden age'?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Why was the Edwardian times a 'golden age'? The Edwardian period is supposedly one which is superior to any other period in recent history, one where the British empire was at it's peak, and where the people were very patriotic. Young boys enjoyed cricket, football, rugby and even camping. Bachelors travelled Europe freely meantime women copied the latest European fashions and hairstyles. Similarly, the rest of the world saw success; Madame curie discovers radioactivity while the first Nobel Prize is awarded. The Wright Brothers launch an aeroplane, Henry Ford mass produces his car as Albert Einstein unveils the theory of relativity. Despite all of this, was life as great as it appeared to be? Did everybody really live in this perfect world? Or was it just for the people who could afford it? England was a dominant force in the civilised world, it's empire was one of the largest, and greatly influenced so much of the world. ...read more.

Middle

The middle class was relatively well off and had at least one servant in a decent house. However the poor usually grew families in very cramped small rooms. Men in this class, working in industry would earn little more than �1 a week, woman less than this. Consequently, independent research showed evidence about people in poverty. For example, Charles Booth discovered in 1903 that one third of London was in 'dire poverty'. David Lloyd George, the chancellor of exchequer at the time, was intrigued by his findings, himself having first hand experience in poverty. Research was followed through by Seebohm Rowntree in York, a friend of, and under the influence of David George. His research found that the cause of poverty was linked to ill health, low wage, unemployment or old age rather than drinking or gambling addictions. He also found out that families were usually in the situation of poverty either when 'they were young', or when 'they were too old for work'. ...read more.

Conclusion

People thought it was better to be in difficult money situations rather than the women being at work. Although in some cases, the money problems were so dire, they had to work. Woman who had the same jobs as men, would get paid less than a man would, this sexism aroused scepticism. It was because of the help of woman in the brutal war times that people considered the idea. In conclusion, it is clear that the Edwardian Period was not at all a 'golden age', but still had many impurities in it. There was an evident split amongst the citizens, dire poverty and strong sexism. I believe this idea of a 'golden age' could have emerged from the patriotism felt by the richer people. I also believe that this label owed itself to nostalgia. Looking back at the Edwardian Period must have seemed like a 'golden age' in the horrific wars that followed. The long years marred by wars and depressions, independent spirits drained and worn out, the most likely reason for this name is nostalgia. Therefore, the Edwardian 'golden age' did not exist. Arti Vaghela History 16/09/2007 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. Women & the British Car Industry

    Advertisement 1 shows a model sat in the car which doesn't contribute to the car industry at all, let alone significantly. Advertisement 2 also portrays women as ditzy and insignificant the advert implies women wouldn't buy or drive a car which shows the attitude the car industry itself had towards women's role in it.

  2. Britain in The Age of Total War

    Neither are pleasant photos and both were censored, although source B was banned and source D was only temporarily banned for about three months. Both of these pictures portray a different part of the Blitz and both are effective at doing so.

  1. Britain in the Age of Total War

    they did not want the people to realise that the German's could Blitz as far as Coventry. The picture shows a more chaotic scene as the citizens look confused and are arguing apparently due to looting of personal property as it was a great opportunity for thieves to get into action.

  2. Britain in the Age of Total War, 1939-45

    The fact that there are dead bodies in the sacks tells us of the most obvious effect the bombing had on the people, which was loss of life. The censors banned it because the government were trying to boost public morale, and a picture showing innocent and defenceless people being

  1. Britain in the Age of Total War, 1939-45.

    overall I can learn that the blitz was a time of terror and tragedy for the British people and they showed courage to overcome it. 2. Sources B and C are quite useful in helping me understand the effect of the Blitz on people in Britain.

  2. Britain in the age of total war 1939-1945.

    Source C is also a photograph, and is dated 15 September 1940. The photograph shows a number of men, women and children gathered together smiling, waving and with their thumbs up standing in front of various pieces of furniture. There is also a caption which was published with it.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work