Asquith's Predicament, 1914-1918

  title={Asquith's Predicament, 1914-1918},
  author={B. Mcgill},
  journal={The Journal of Modern History},
  pages={283 - 303}
  • B. Mcgill
  • Published 1967
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Modern History
T HE War hastened everything-in politics, in economics, in behaviour-but it started nothing."' Certainly the war hastened the decline of the Liberal party. Admittedly there had been prewar signs of difficulty. The chief whip was overly optimistic about the second general election of 1910 in which the Liberals barely held their own against the Unionists.2 More than ever the Liberals depended upon their alliances with Labourites and Irish Nationalists, and these alliances were showing signs of… Expand
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