Britain 1850s-1979: Essay Questions The Growth of Democracy


Women’s Movement and Democracy



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Women’s Movement and Democracy


1. Why did it take so long for women to get the vote?

2. Did militancy help or hinder women' struggle for political equality in the years before the First World War?

3. How important a part did events during the First World War play in the decision to grant women the vote?

4. “By 1928 democracy had been achieved.” How far do you agree?

5. To what extent was the granting of the right to vote to women due to their role during the First World War? (2001)

6. Explain the lack of success of the movements for women’s suffrage in achieving their aims by 1914? (2002)

7. How effectively did the activities of Women’s Rights movements promoted their cause?

8. How effectively did the movements for women’s suffrage promote their cause? (2004)

9. To what extent would you agree that the importance of the Suffragettes in gaining votes for women has been exaggerated? (2005)

10. “It was the militant suffragette campaign, more than any other factor, that led to the achievement of female suffrage in 1918.” How valid is this view? (2007)

11. “ Their contribution during World War 1 was the main reason why the majority of women gained the right to vote in 1918”. How valid is this view? (2008)

The Liberal Reforms


1. To what extent did the Liberal Government (1906 - 1914) set up a Welfare State in Britain?

2. “More a product of political necessity than of social concern.” Is this a fair judgement on the social reforms of the Liberal Government 1906 - 1914?”

3. “Between 1906 and 1914 the real causes of poverty were tackled successfully by government action.” To what extent would you agree with this statement?

4. To what extent were the Liberal Social Reforms (1906 - 1914) prompted by feelings of genuine concern for the masses?

5. To what extent were the Liberals’ Social and Trade Union Reforms a response to the growth of the Labour movement between 1906 - 1914?

6. “Their intention was never to lay down the foundations of a welfare state but simply to provide specific solutions to specific social problems.” How far do you agree with this assessment of the Liberals’ Social Reforms?

7. Would you agree that there was a marked change in attitude and policies towards poverty and social problems in Britain in the first decade of the 20th century?

8. “They were prompted by a ground-swell of social pity.” Is this an adequate explanation for the introduction of social reforms in the period 1906 - 1914?

9. How effectively did the Liberal Government (1906 - 1914) deal with the problem of poverty? (2000)

10. Simply a response to the growth of the Labour Movement. How adequate is this explanation for the social reforms of the Liberal government between 1906-1914? (2002)

11. To what extent did the Liberal Reforms (1906-1914) improve the lives of the British people? (2003)

12. How far were the reports on poverty produced by Booth and Rowntree responsible for the Liberal social reforms of 1906-1914? (2005)

13. To what extent did the social reforms of the Liberal Government (1906-1914) improve the lives of the British people? (2006)

14. To what extent were the Liberal social reforms of 1906-1914 a response to the challenge from the Labour Party? (2007)

15. How important were concerns about the extent of poverty in Britain in the Liberal Government’s decision to introduce social reforms between 1906 and 1914? (2008)



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