British Political History, 1867–2001: Democracy and Decline, 3rd Edition (Paperback) book cover

British Political History, 1867–2001

Democracy and Decline, 3rd Edition

By Malcolm Pearce, Geoffrey Stewart


692 pages

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This third edition of British Political History, 1867–2001 is an accessible summary of major political developments in British history over the last 140 years.

Analyzing the changing nature of British society and Britain's role on the world stage, Malcolm Pearce and Geoffrey Stewart also outline the growth of democracy and the growth in the power of the state against a background of party politics.

New coverage includes:

  • domestic affairs from 1992 to 2001
  • John Major's Government
  • the creation of 'New' Labour and the 'Third Way'
  • Blair's first ministry
  • developments in Northern Ireland from 1995 through the Easter Peace Deal into 2001
  • the 2001 General Election results and implications.

Students of British politics and history will find this the perfect resource for their studies.


'This substantial textbook is written with the explicit aim of keeping its readers awake … it will entertain students and stimulate discussion.'Times Higher Education Supplement

'The news that this excellent textbook is receiving a new edition that will bring it up-to-date is very welcome.'Rohan McWilliam, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Britain in 1867 2. The Gladstonian Liberal Party 1868–95 3. The Conservative Party 1868–1905: The Regaining of Power 4. Ireland 1868–1922: Province or Nation? 5. Britain and the World 1867–1905: The Onset of Decline 6. The Liberal Party After Gladstone: Recovery, Triumph and Death 1895–1935 7. The Rise of Labour 1867–1940 8. British Foreign Policy 1905–45: The German Question 9. Britain between the Wars 10. The Conservative Party of the Chamberlains 1906–40 11. Socialist Britain 1940–51: The Home Front 12. Consensus Britain 1951–79 13. Thatcher's Britain – 120 Years on – 1979–90 14. Towards the New Millennium: Britain 1990–2001 15. Britain and the World 1945–2001: The 'New Elizabethan Age'

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain