National Crisis and National Government: British Politics, the Economy and Empire, 1926-1932 Philip Williamson

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National Crisis and National Government: British Politics, the Economy and Empire, 1926-1932  by  Philip Williamson

National Crisis and National Government: British Politics, the Economy and Empire, 1926-1932 by Philip Williamson
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From 1926 Britain fell into a condition of deep national crisis, which seemed to threaten its domestic stability and international power. By 1932 the effort to contain these problems had transformed British politics and policy. Strains produced byMoreFrom 1926 Britain fell into a condition of deep national crisis, which seemed to threaten its domestic stability and international power. By 1932 the effort to contain these problems had transformed British politics and policy. Strains produced by three-party politics, economic recession, and imperial difficulties resulted during 1931 in such a severe financial and political crisis that the Labour government collapsed and Conservative, Liberal, and some Labour leaders joined together in a National government.

Despite large public expenditure cuts and tax increases, and despite devaluation of sterling and a new crisis in the Indian Empire, this government obtained the greatest British election victory of modern times. The consequences were far-reaching: Indian constitutional reform, the onset of economic management, disintegration of the Liberal party, radicalisation of the Labour party, and the beginnings of a new interventionist Conservatism.This book is the first to examine all aspects of the crisis together and in depth using an extensive range of official, institutional and personal papers.

It demonstrates that a proper understanding of economic and imperial policies requires a sophisticated grasp of political processes. It shows how explanation of British political change must proceed by placing the power elites in their specific contexts, by exposing their beliefs, fears, objectives and strategies, and by displaying their interactions. The Treasury, the Bank of England, big business, the TUC and Keynes, as well as MacDonald, Baldwin, Lloyd George, Churchill, Mosley and Chamberlain are seen tackling some of the most fundamental problems of the modern British state.



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