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Parties at War: Political Organization in Second World War Britain

Andrew Thorpe


Political parties formed the cornerstone of the liberal democracy for which Britain claimed it was fighting in the Second World War. But that conflict represented the most sustained challenge to the British party system during the 20th century. War placed serious obstacles in the way of the normal functioning of politics, exerted considerable extra demands on the time and loyalties of party activists and organizers, and forced the suspension of normal electoral politics. This all posed a serious challenge to the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal parties. How did they respond, and what were the ... More

Keywords: activists, British party system, British politics, Conservative, electoral politics, gender, Labour, Liberal, liberal democracy, local-level archives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272730.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Thorpe, author
Professor of Modern British History, University of Exeter
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