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Edwardian era

Period of British history associated with the reign of King Edward VII (1901-1910). The period is characterised by its own unique architectural style, fashion and way of life, partly influenced by the fashions of continental Europe and Art Nouveau. The British class system remained very rigid throughout the Edwardian era; however, economic and social changes gradually led to increased social mobility. Sections of society that had been largely excluded from politics, such as common labourers and women, also became increasingly politicised. On the international scene, plans by Cecil Rhodes and his supporters to overthrow Paul Kruger, president of the Transvaal, led to the Second Boer War (1899-1902).


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