Video podcast. In the years before the Firstt World War, the liberal party dominated the political landscape. Their landslide victory in 1906 heralded one of the most important reforming governments of the century. But ten years later, Asquith’s Liberal government was replaced by a Conservative-dominated coalition with Lloyd George as its premier, and by 1922 Lloyd George himself had been rather unceremoniously dumped by the Conservatives. The Liberals would never again hold office. Clearly the period around the First World War marked a huge reversal of fortunes for the Liberal party, but to what extent was this a product of the war itself?
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