Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. John Davis
    Pages 1-14
  3. John Davis
    Pages 15-36
  4. John Davis
    Pages 37-64
  5. John Davis
    Pages 65-82
  6. John Davis
    Pages 83-114
  7. John Davis
    Pages 115-140
  8. John Davis
    Pages 166-202
  9. John Davis
    Pages 203-235
  10. John Davis
    Pages 236-241
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 242-300

About this book


The period between 1885 and 1939 was a pivotal half century in British history, in which the Victorian political system yielded to a system far more recognisably modern, in response to popular pressure for social reform and the implications of global superpower status. Dr Davis relates these political developments to the background of social and economic change and to the consequences of Britain's position as an imperial power. Drawing extensively upon the new historical scholarship of the 1980s and 1990s, John Davis presents an original analysis of political change in a crucial period of Britain's recent past.


Britain British History drawing Great Britain history history of literature integration knowledge politics reform transformation Victorian era

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Queen’s CollegeOxfordUK

About the authors

JOHN DAVIS is Fellow and Praelector in Modern History and Politics at The Queen's College, Oxford.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A History of Britain, 1885–1939
  • Authors J. Davis
  • Series Title British Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-42062-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-42063-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27513-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 312
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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