Professor Martin Pugh
Former Professor of Modern British History
Contact DetailsNewcastle University
When the Victorian women's movement emerged in the 1850s and 1860s it attracted women from Liberal families such as Barbara Leigh Smith who had been associated with Liberal crusades for temperance, anti-slavery and the repeal of the Corn Laws. Feminist achievements later in the century owed much to Liberals, notably Josephine Butler's campaign to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts, Eva MacLaren's work for the Women's Local Government Society, and Millicent Fawcett's leadership of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies.
Related Journal Articles
Review of Martin Pugh, State and Society. A Social and Political History of Britain since 1870 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)
Review of Leo McKinstry, Rosebery: Statesman in Turmoil (John Murray, 2005).
Review of Patrick Jackson, Harcourt and Son: A Political Biography of Sir William Harcourt, 1827-1904 (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2004).
Review of Martin Pugh, The Pankhursts (Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 2001).
Review of Bobbie Neate, Conspiracy of Secrets (John Blake, 2012).
An examination of the role played by Liberalism in the Victorian construction of a national identity.
and its impact on pre-war Liberalism.
Review of Martin Pugh, Lloyd George (Longmans, 1988).
Review of K. O. Morgan, Ages of Reform: Dawns and Downfalls of the British Left (I. B. Tauris, 2011).
Review of E. H. H. Green and D. M. Tanner (eds.), The Strange Survival of Liberal England (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Analysis of the relationship between the Liberal Party and the campaigns for womens suffrage.
How close were the Liberals to backing the King’s cause during the abdication crisis in December 1936?
“I am an English Liberal. I hate the Tory Party, their men, their words and their methods.” These were Winston Churchill’s own words in 1903. As a Liberal, Churchill held high government office and, along with Lloyd George, was regarded as one of the driving forces of Asquith’s reforming administration. Was Liberalism his true political […]
The long-term decline in popularity of Labour and the Conservatives, and the growth in the number of third-party MPs at Westminster including mostly notably those of the Liberal Democrats means that a Parliament with no single-party overall majority is now arithmetically much more likely. Any third party holding the balance of power in Parliament finds […]
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