Electoral Politics in Britain, c.1900-1964: Context (HIH3311)

30 credits

The political campaigns of the first 64 years of the twentieth century reshaped political life. This module provides more than your conventional party-centred overview of the politics of the era. Using a range of case studies, you will be introduced to the changing culture of political campaigns of 1900-1964.  You will explore themes such as the giving women the right to vote as well as media such as radio and cinema and the development of the tabloid press.  You will evaluate whether British society became more democratic and politically engaged, or whether it undermined traditional public politics.  This module will provide you with the context for the co-requisite module - HIH3310 Electoral Politics in Britain (sources) – and will enable you to place the sources and relate them to the subsequent arguments of historians.