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

"How far do you agree with Dangerfield's Theory of the state of the Liberal Party before 1914?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"How far do you agree with Dangerfield's Theory of the state of the Liberal Party before 1914? Dangerfield's theory of the state of the Liberal Party was that they doomed to fail prior to the outbreak of war in 1914. Despite the Liberal Party's many remarkable victories since their landslide victory in 1906, they were also plagued with many problems. The Constitutional Crisis, challenges from the Labour Party, increasing syndacalistic ideas and Trade Unions, Ireland and the Suffragette movement- were all problems the Liberal Party had to face. All these factors contributed meant that their support was badly damaged. Dangerfield argues that it was not the war years that caused the failure of the Liberal Government but that the damage was caused long before 1914. He argues that before the outbreak of war they were already deceased. However there are many criticisms of Dangerfield's ideas and many believe that he overlooked the achievements of the Liberal Party during the pre-war period. One of the main problems for the Liberal Party was the Constitutional Crisis which began early in the Liberals term. Many of the Liberal Party's Bills were rejected by the House of Lords, The Liberal Party had to face the problem that the House of Lords was dominated by the Conservative Party who were their main opposition and wanted to see them fail. ...read more.

Middle

With the extension of the franchise the working class had found a political voice and the rise of the Labour Party saw many of the working class turning to the Labour Party for political representation. The ever increasing number of Trade Unions and the increasing popularity in syndacalistic ideas made a decline in the support for the Liberal Party more popular. The number of strikes organised by trade unions increased dramatically between 1911 and 1914. The number of days lost through strikes by 1912 had risen to 40, 8900. Strikes took place in vital industries such as the railways, mines and the docks. Workers demanded betters working conditions, higher pay and improved working hours. Low numbers in unemployment made strikes easy to achieve and extremely effective. Many people had begun to believe that Trade Unions were the way forward as representation as the government were poor representation and achieving very little. The Liberal Government also faced the continual problem of the demand for women to be able to vote and the Suffragette movement. The Suffragettes mainly consisted of middle class women who demanded the vote as a symbol of equality, they were led by the Pankhurst family. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although the Liberal Party appeared to be losing out to Labour this was not the case and would contradict the argument that the Liberal Party were weakening considerably before World War 1. The Liberal party also retained the majority of elected seats in the two elections held in 1910. Although their number of elected seats had decreased the Liberal Party still retained the majority and remained in power. In the January 1910 election the Liberal's 273 elected seats and in the December 1910 elections achieved 272 elected seats . This suggests that they were not doomed as they were able to remain in power. Although the Liberal Government faced many problems during their time in power, they were still able to achieve many successes. They introduced many social reforms and the Parliament Act 1911 was revolutionary in politics. Election results also suggest that the Liberal Government were not heading for failure but proceeding to continue strongly. I therefore contradict Dangerfield's theory that the Liberal government were doomed to failure prior to World War 1, suggesting that they were still a strong government. It would be easy to make assumptions looking back in hindsight as Dangerfield did, however I would argue that upon entering World War 1 the Liberal Party still appeared to be strong. Samantha Kirby ...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 Politics 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 Politics essays

  1. What are the key features of a liberal democratic state?

    The only exclusion to this is in extreme cases and should only be used as a last resort. This happened in the wake of September eleventh when the Terrorism Act was implemented by the Government.

  2. "The first World War killed the Liberal Party" how far do you agree with ...

    and shocked at the government for entering Britain into a war that affected them like they had never known possible. The reaction of several Liberal MPs was also of disgust, as the deprivation of individuality and human rights imposed by DORA offended the liberal ideological standpoint.

  1. Explain and evaluate Locke's theory of government

    For the natural rights of human not to remain in the level of moral requirements, they have to be legally recognized by government. The main duty and the aim of any country is to present a legal warranty for the rights and freedom.

  2. Critical Book Review - The Strange Death of Liberal England Dangerfield, G. (1966)

    The ongoing and mutually respectful war of eternal negotiation between Asquith and Larkin almost constitutes a running joke, and the portraits of the Pankhurst family are a shock to anyone who thought of them solely as political activists. For me, the most intriguing part of the Dangerfield's work is his

  1. Peel 'The Great Betrayer Of his Party' - How Far Do You Agree?

    His argument split the Conservative Party, Peelites and Protectionists. In a speech that attacked Peel, Disraeli stated that Peel was betraying his party and that Peel was swayed too much by the Anti-Corn Law League; Peel was also accused of not having any of his own ideas in government and

  2. Malta at the turn of the 19th Century.

    A clear example was the anger of the church in Malta, of those Maltese Catholics, who said that the British, who were Protestants, were harbouring exiles that were anti-Pope, revolutionaries that were against Pope Pius IX due to the fact that the latter didn't want to surrender the Papal States, as he pretended a good part in the Italian Unification.

  1. Parnell and the Irish Parliamentary Party 1882-5 After the Kilmainham ...

    At the historic meeting of the Irish Parliamentary Party at the House of Commons on 1 December 1890, the party split: 45 MPs repudiated Parnell's leadership, 37 supported him. A few days later the leaders of the Irish Catholic clergy called upon the Irish people to repudiate him.

  2. Why the Labour Party overtook the Liberal Party

    and the right (Lloyd Georgians), or the semi-socialists against anti-socialists, or the Whigs against radicals. Other types of explanation, however, find the key not in policy but in personality. This suggests that Asquithians were men who had rigid, political principles, with upright and/or narrow personal characters.

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