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The Voice of Radicalism

Conclusion - Twentieth Century

  • Radicalism is best considered as an ideology, or set of beliefs that advanced the political, social and economic interests of the middle class in the nineteenth century
  • It enjoyed working class support as it allowed more and more members of society to vote
  • Once everyone was entitled to vote, the alliance between the middle and working classes ended
  • The needs and wishes of the working class in the first part of the twentieth century were not the same as traditional radical needs and wishes
  • Socialists did not describe themselves as radical

By 1930 Liberals had only a sentimental attachment to Radicalism. Along with the Conservatives, they were more concerned with resisting what they believed to be the growing threat of socialism.

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