Money, Men, and Mayhem: Electoral Politics before the First World War
This chapter discusses electoral politics before the First World War. The first section describes the triumph of populism. Edwardian elections were more fiercely fought, more disorderly, and more shamelessly populist than those of either the late Victorian or the inter-war era. Meanwhile, Liberal heavyweights such as Lloyd George, Churchill, and Asquith showed themselves to be supreme masters of this new uncompromising mass politics. The second section looks at the role of women in electioneering. The most important development in late 19th-century politics was the growing prominence of women as active and independent political campaigners. The third section examines the politics of the crowd. It notes a broad range of voices proclaiming the need to reform Britain's electoral culture on the eve of the First World War. The last section discusses the continuing influence of money and class in electoral politics.
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