Edwardian Britain

An introduction to this month's special feature on Edwardian Britain, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Historical Association.

The Edwardian era cannot be portrayed as a simple prolongation of the Victorian golden age, for it can also be seen to have been a time of social and political tensions and contradictions. Furthermore, with the developing interest in the past which was part of the uncertainties of the first two decades of the twentieth century, the study of history as a popular subject was becoming established.

It was at this time, in 1906, that the Historical Association was founded as an organisation to encourage the teaching of and interest in history.

For its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Historical Association is considering its Edwardian origins. On November 25th, A.J.P. Taylor will deliver the commemorative lecture entitled 'The year 1906'. A series of nine lectures are being given throughout the country on the common theme of the Edwardians, and Donald Read was the speaker at the Historical Association's annual sixth form lecture on the subject 'England, 1910-1914. Crisis or Golden Age?'

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