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|King Edward VII, after whom the Edwardian period is named.
|Preceded by||Victorian era|
|Followed by||Britain in World War I|
Edwardian era in the United Kingdom is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1911. The period is often considered to extend beyond his death in 1910 to include the years up to the start of World War I in 1914.
Queen Victoria had died in January 1901. While she had shunned society, Edward was the leader of a fashionable elite which set a style influenced by the art and fashions of continental Europe—perhaps because of the King's fondness for travel.
In the 19th century, the United Kingdom had seen great progress in science and industry. The British Empire was vast, and the British Navy was the most powerful in the world. Despite a growing threat from Germany, the Edwardians felt confident that progress would continue.
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