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The Significance Of The New Liberalism In Giving The Liberal Party Its Great General Election

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The Significance of the New Liberalism in Giving the Liberal Party Its Great General Election In the following essay I will be talking about the significance of new
liberalism in giving the Liberal Party its great general election
victory in 1906. I will also be discussing other factors which could
have lead to the Liberal Party wining the election. I will be talking
about the Conservative Parties' mistakes and whether it played a major
role in the Liberals wining the 1906 general election than "New
Liberalism" itself.

Liberals & the poverty reports

Poverty became an important political issue in the early 1900s.A man
called Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree and Charles Booth did there own
individual study on people in poverty. Mr Rowntree's book, Poverty: a
study of town life was read by thousands of people and Charles Booth's
book on labouring poor in London were read by hundreds more. The
general public were shocked by the findings. Which showed that the
victorian ideology that poverty was the fault of the poor themselves
was just not true. Also that the poor were in no position to help
themselves; no matter how hard they worked they would never earn
enough to provide them with adequate food. Many young liberals like
Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George challenged the traditional
Liberal view that it should be left to the people themselves to figure
out a way to get out of poverty.

These New Liberals realised that in order to give the poor liberty and
freedom there was need for state intervention in other words the
government had to help the people in order for them to help themselves
.Due to the fact the Liberal Party started attacking the causes of
poverty they gained a lot of support. However before the 1906 election
talking poverty was the only real form of New Liberalism that they had
to show.

Boer war & Chinese Slavery

The Boer war began in 1899 and ended in 1901. The war was over gold.
In an area called Transvaal gold was discovered. The British owned the
land around where the gold was discovered therefore Britain invaded
the area where the gold was to take advantage over it. However the
South African people went to fight the British army for the gold they
though belonged to them. The Boer army soon out numbered the British
army which was incompetent. The war cost the British £200 million and
they lost 20,000 soldiers. The war ended up costing them more than
they would have originally got out of the gold. By fighting war the
Conservatives were discredited for destroying the Boer way of life. So
therefore they received a lot of criticism. The Liberals used this to
their advantage by exploiting this as a Conservative weakness.

In consequence of the Boer War there was...

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