Most existing accounts of the British Liberal Party are written within the context of the party's decline. The passage of the Twentieth century, however, enables a fresh view to be taken, which recognizes that the party has now been strengthening its position for more than forty years and has once again become a major player in British politics. This survey of British Liberalism from the era of Campbell-Bannerman to that of Charles Kennedy reviews existing literature while offering its own distinctive perspective.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Preface; Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy, MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Introduction Strange Death or Edwardian Summer 1902-1916 The Liberal Civil War 1916-1935 So Few and So Futile 1935-1955 Two Steps Forward and one Back 1955-1979 A Cracked Mould and a New Beginning 1979-2001 Conclusion Guide to Further Reading Appendix: The Liberal Performance at General Elections in the Twentieth Century Index
DAVID DUTTON is Professor of Modern History at the University of Liverpool, UK.