The Welfare Revolution of the early 20th century did not start with Clement Attlee's Labour governments of 1945 to 1951 but had its origins in the Liberal government of forty years earlier. The British Welfare Revolution, 1906-14 offers a fresh perspective on the social reforms introduced by these Liberal governments in the years 1906 to 1914. Reforms conceived during this time created the foundations of the Welfare State and transformed modern Britain; they touched every major area of social policy, from school meals to pensions, the minimum wage to the health service.
Cooper uses an innovative approach, the concept of the Counter-Elite, to explain the emergence of the New Liberalism and examines the research that was carried out to devise ways to meet each specific social problem facing Britain in the early 20th century. For example, a group of businessmen, including Booth and Rowntree, invented the poverty survey to pinpoint those living below the poverty line and encouraged a new generation of sociologists.
This comprehensive single volume survey presents a new critical angle on the origins of the British welfare state and is an original analysis of the reforms and the leading personalities of the Liberal governments from the late Edwardian period to the advent of the First World War.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 694 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Cooper has made an important contribution to a well-covered field by treating the many social welfare reforms of this brief period in a single book. The chronological structure he adopts and the attention he gives the historical actors involved make this a book that general readers and undergraduates will find particularly valuable. * Journal of Modern History *
The British Welfare Revolution, 1906-1914 is a thorough and deeply knowledgeable analysis of the foundations of the welfare state laid down by the Liberal government before the First World War. It is a most valuable contribution to British history and will prove indispensable to the serious student. * Vernon Bogdanor, Professor of Government, King's College, London *
Cooper concludes that this Edwardian welfare revolution was the bedrock of Britain's welfare state following WWII, and still permeates British society today. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. * CHOICE *