the 20th century

the 20th century

20th Century Britain: Responses to Decline, 1895-1914

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It was during these years that British statesmen first came to appreciate that her international and economic position was under threat. The growth of German and American economic power exposed the fragility of Britain's hitherto unquestioned pre-eminence. Imperialism was the first response to decline, social reform the second. It was these years that saw the first stirrings of a new collectivism in the 'New Liberalism'. 1905-1914. For transcript and download versions of this lecture, please visit the event's page on the Gresham College website: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/britain-in-the-20th-century-responses-to-decline-1895-1914">Britain in the 20th Century: Responses to Decline, 1895-1914</a>