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The Downfall of the Liberal Party, 1914-1935

Trevor Wilson
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By 1914 the Liberal Party had been governing Britain ever since its stunning general election victory of 1906. Four years later the Party was out of office, and so enfeebled it would never again form a government. What prompted the Liberal decline in the years of The Great War, and why did this decline then accelerate? Trevor Wilson’s classic study analyses the strains exerted on Liberal principles by war, and the leadership crisis induced in 1916 by Lloyd George’s ousting of Asquith.

‘A good political mystery, and Mr Wilson has told it in fine dramatic style.’ A.J.P. Taylor

‘Offers portraits of those rivals, Asquith and Lloyd George, that are among the best – the most plausible and the most temperate – available.’ New Yorker


Trevor Wilson, Emeritus Professor of the University of Adelaide, is one of the world’s leading military historians concentrating in particular on the First World War. With Robin Prior as co-author he has written four books on that subject including The Somme and Passchendaele. Faber Finds are reissuing his magnum opus, The Myriad Faces of War, as well as The Downfall…

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