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The Great Liberal Social Reforms:1906-1914 George Harris

The Great Liberal Social Reforms:1906-1914

George Harris

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In nineteenth century Britain it was generally taken for granted that taxes should be as low as possible and that the government would do nothing to help poor families unless they were actually in danger of starvation. In the twentieth century it wasMoreIn nineteenth century Britain it was generally taken for granted that taxes should be as low as possible and that the government would do nothing to help poor families unless they were actually in danger of starvation. In the twentieth century it was generally taken for granted that the government would make strenuous efforts to help the poor and that taxes would therefore be high. This remarkable change took place during the last Liberal government, in the decade before the First World War.This lecture analyses the social reforms that were passed a century ago, and explains two things. One is the ideas behind this new approach to government. The other is why the reforms were what they were, not more generous or far-reaching.George Harris writes these lectures with the ambitious exam candidate in mind, who wants something more challenging than the basic text book but who lacks time to read a full length monograph. As a result they are also ideal for adults who gave up History at school but who now wish to refresh their knowledge.