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Making Aristocracy Work: The Peerage and the Political System in Britain, 1884-1914

Andrew Adonis


This book explores the political role of the British peerage in the 30 years before the First World War. It charts its transition from ruling class to embattled faction, analysing the response of the peers to the challenge of democracy and their impact on the constitutional order that emerged from the turbulent politics of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The authors opens with a study of the House of Lords, assessing its strengths and weaknesses as a political institution and offering new interpretations of the constitutional crises of 1884–5 and 1909–11. He goes on to show how, at a ti ... More

Keywords: peerage, aristocracy, political system, Britain, Lords, constitutional crises, peers, democracy, hereditary peerage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203896
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203896.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Adonis, author
Public Policy Correspondent of the Financial Times, and a former Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford