FROM EDWARD VII TO WORLD WAR I (1901-l914)
The death of Queen Victorian, seemed to make the end of an era, even if what was typical Victorian faded away and gradually. When EDWARD VII became king in 1906, he introduce an important changes into British politics: in fact, with the general election, the Liberal Party to office was restored. Moreover, were introduced legislative measures of social improvement:
But the pre-war years of 20th century were a time of industrial unrest, strikes and violence. Some workers' organisers sympathised with French syndicalism, according to which trade unions should use strikes as weapons to disrupt industry and bring down the Government. But violence came also from women!
In 1903 was founded the "Women's Social and Political Union. The "Suffragettes" wanted women to have the vote, and soon won massive publicity, but the use of violence won them few friends.
In 1909, the Liberal Chancellor DAVID LLOYD GEORGE, in presenting the budget, declared his intention to favour the poor and penalise the rich by taxing the "unearned" incomes. But lords dejected it (Conservative Party).
After that, in 1911, Conservative Party introduced Parliament Act which made it impossible for the Lords to reject a finance bill and restricted their veto and other bills to a maximum of two years. This system still operates.
GEORGE V's (1910-l936) was characterised
by political violence and a jingoistic mood in foreign affairs in the face of
growing German rivalry. Home Rule in
In 1914 there was the outbreak oh the war: