A one-day seminar organised by Newman University College and the Journal of Liberal History - Saturday 10 November 2012, Newman UC, Birmingham
The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw great changes in British political culture. The gradual emergence of a mass electorate informed by a popular press, debates about the role of the state in social policy, Imperial upheavals and wars all had their impact on political culture. Political parties became more professional, labour more organised, regional identities sharpened.
To accompany this turmoil a new political party, the Liberal Unionists, was formed to oppose Gladstone’s policy of Irish Home Rule, splitting the Liberal family and causing a re-appraisal of what it meant to be a Unionist. The seminar will examine some of the key changes in the political culture of this period against the background of the formation of the Liberal Unionists and the new political alignments this brought about.
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