The Twenties

Kenneth O. Morgan

in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780192853974
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776526 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Twenties

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In the 1918 general election Lloyd George won a landslide victory, promising stability and a return to normality. However, it soon became clear that this was not to be. The national debt spiralled, inflation increased, unemployment was rife, and Ireland remained an unsolved problem. This resulted in a Conservative government coming to power in 1922 under the leadership of Stanley Baldwin. ‘The Twenties’ investigates these early upheavals, as well as the social changes that shaped the rest of the decade. New artistic and cultural movements emerged, the power of the Church began to falter, and social divisions between the working and middle classes grew.

Keywords: Baldwin; church; Church of England; Conservative Party; General Strike; George V; land tenure; Liberal Party; national debt; unemployment; Visual Arts

Chapter.  4710 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) ; British History

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