Description:The film emphasises the pre-war uniqueness of Britain, rich, insular, with a strong trading position and a free democracy united under the constitutional monarchy. The only pre-war violence comes in the Sidney Street siege, and perhaps from the suffragettes. Empire building creates some resentment, but is nevertheless beneficial. Only Ireland is unstable. The war is unexpected, but the decision to enter it receives great popular support. Politicians of all parties, labour leaders, and even the leaders of the Irish revolt unite to encourage men to enlist. The Empire too unites behind Britain. It is "an unsatisfactory war", principally of endurance, with determination and industrial strength counting for more than generalship. The mass participation of women leads to their achieving the franchise. Despite the loss of "over a million dead" on the Western Front, and the air raids, the nation remains united under the monarchy. After the Armistice Britain resumes its pastimes and even Ireland finds peace. But the new Labour government, despite its successful foreign policy, cannot cope with growing unemployment. In the General Strike the TUC insists that it has no revolutionary intent and the whole affair passes off amicably enough. Britain begins to show progress again in industry, particularly in the air, a major legacy of the war. But the slump of 1930, a consequence of the war, produces massed unemployment and a major political crisis, resulting in the forming of the National Government. British politicians and people, however, solve their differences with "doggedness, good humour and common sense" in contrast to the violence of other nations, and it is these qualities, rather than any political action, which will help the next generation to grow up in peace under "a monarchy which manifests the value of tradition as an element in progress".
A Conservative Party assessment of British social and political history from 1901 to 1933.
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