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Challenge and Authority: Britain 1815-1945

The coursework unit is based on the topic ‘Challenging Authority: Corresponding Societies to the Poll Tax 1815-1992.’
We begin with an overview of the theme and the period. This involves looking at:
The impact of industrialization; protest movements in the early nineteenth century;
the 1932 Reform Act; the Chartist Movement; Model Unions and New Unions, emerging in the late nineteenth century; Industrial Relations on the eve of the First World War; the impact of the General Strike; Consensus politics and its breakdown in the 1970s; the Winter of Discontent; the Poll Tax.

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