Edwardian period

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Edwardian period
King Edward VII of England
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 which included the reign of King Edward VII (1901-1910). Some people say that the "Edwardian era" continued after the death of King Edward VII in 1910. These people believe that the "Edwardian era" also included the years before the start of World War I in 1914.

Queen Victoria had died in January 1901. King Edward VII was very different from Queen Victoria. Victoria had become almost a recluse after her husband died, but Edward was an important leader of many rich and fashionable people in the United Kingdom. Edward and his fashionable friends followed the art and fashions of other European countries. Edward really enjoyed travelling.

The United Kingdom became a very powerful nation in the Nineteenth century. There was a lot of progress in British science and industry at this time. The British Empire was very large and the British Navy was the most powerful navy in the world. Germany was also becoming a powerful nation, but most British people in the "Edwardian era" were certain that British progress would continue. They were certain that the United Kingdom would continue to be very powerful. [1]

There was a lot of Inequality in society in the United Kingdom in the "Edwardian era". Rich people and poor people had very different living standards at this time.[2] Most adult males could vote, but women could not. Some women were fighting to be able to vote.

In the "Edwardian era" there was a law which said that children had to go to primary school. More children could also go to secondary school.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Hattersley, Michael. The World of the Edwardian Child. Hermitage. ISBN 978 2 9600047 55 .
  2. Hattersley, Roy (2004). The Edwardians. London: Little, Brown. ISBN 0 316 72537 4 .

References[change | change source]

  • Battiscombe, Georgina (1969). Queen Alexandra. London: Constable. ISBN 09-456560-0
  • Tracy, Michael (2008) The World of the Edwardian Child [1] Hermitage. 978 2 9600047 55

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