The Forgotten Years: Edwardian Britain 1901 - 1914

Ref: C3747243

Focussing on the period popularly known as 'The Edwardian Era', this course will study the political, social and cultural aspects of Britain between the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, and outbreak of the First World War. We shall explore and examine the social and political challenges to the aristocracy; important developments in the arts, literature and popular entertainment; the women's suffrage movement and the growth of a new feminism; political and social reactions to the questions of Irish independence, industrial strife and the rise of socialism; the first steps towards a Welfare State; and popular responses to the growing power of Imperial Germany, from the naval race to spy fever; and the events that pushed Britain into war in 1914. All this represented huge challenges for Britain’s polity, society and her people within a space of just thirteen years, and raises a host of historical issues and questions that can be explored, assessed and examined. Hang on to your hats.

Course aim

This course examines the period in British history between 1900 and 1914 often regarded as the 'Edwardian era'. It aims to engage a wide range of topics, embracing political and social issues, cultural themes, and historical questions of the period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand the key aspects of British politics between 1901 and 1914.
  • Gained knowledge of the key aspects of British society and culture between 1901 and 1914
  • Demonstrate awareness, knowledge and understanding of contrasting historical debates and interpretations of British society, politics and culture between 1901 and 1914
  • Gain an understanding of the nature, importance and relevance of the historical events and developments in Britain between 1901 and 1914

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No previous knowledge or experience of this period is required, although it would be great if anyone with previous knowledge, or who have studied aspects of the period, could relate their experiences to the group. Other than that, just bring yourself. You'll be very welcome.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Forgotten Years: Edwardian Britain 1901 - 1914


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