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1901 - 1919
Edward VII to World War 1

A New King, A New Century
Thousands die in concentration camps set up by Lord Kitchener in South Africa

South Africa, Balfour, and Education
Councils take control of education

Naval Build Up, Free Trade, and the Empire
Firth of Forth naval base to counter threat of German fleet

Ships, Cars, Conurbations, and Churchill Crosses the Floor
Russians fire at British fishermen

Rebellion in Russia and Balfour Resigns
Revolution rocks Russia

Corn Flakes, Traffic, and the Moroccan Question
Suffragettes protest at the opening of Parliament

Women's Rights, Religious Discrimination, and Military Reform
Lords reject Government legislation

Asquith, Pensions, and the Balkans
Liberals cut naval budget

The Royal Navy and Trouble Brewing in the Lords
Lords reject Lloyd George's budget

King George the Fifth
Labour and the Irish National Parties support the Liberal Government against the Lords

Constitutional Confrontation and the Agadir Crisis
The Germans and French have a head-on confrontation in Morocco

The Titanic and Home Rule
The Ulster Volunteer Force is formed to oppose Home Rule

Ireland and Emily Davison
The suffragettes become more and more violent

The UVF and the Outbreak of War
Britain declares war on Germany

The Great War
Lloyd George says Britain's greatest enemies are 'Germany, Austria and drink'

The Origins of World War Two
Workers strike as inflation rockets

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Chronology
1901Queen Victoria dies
Edward VII becomes king
1902Balfour becomes Prime Minister
Balfour's Education Act is passed
Anglo-Japanese Alliance
1903Chamberlain resigns to campaign for tariff reform
The Women's Social and Political Union is founded by Emmeline Pankhurst
1904The Russo-Japanese War begins
Entente Cordiale with France
1905Campbell-Bannerman becomes Prime Minister
The first motor buses are seen in London
The Piccadilly and Bakerloo tube lines open
1906Trade Disputes Act is passed
Labour Party formed from the Labour Representation Committee
1907Anglo-Russian entente is formed
1908Campbell-Bannerman dies
Asquith becomes Prime Minister
1909Old Age Pensions are introduced
1910Edward VII dies
George V becomes king
The Union of South Africa is established
1911The Parliament Act is passed
The National Insurance Act is passed
1912The Ulster Volunteer Force is formed
Scott reaches the South Pole
Balkan War break out
1913The Trade Union Act is passed
The Cat and Mouse Act is passed
1914World War I breaks out
Irish Home Rule is granted
1915Wartime coalition government is formed
Churchill resigns
Lusitania sunk by German U-boat
1916Lloyd George becomes Prime Minister
The Easter Rising occurs in Dublin
1917The Americans enter the war
Russian Revolution
1918The RAF is formed
World War I ends
Coupon Election is held
Rationing is introduced
1919Lady Astor becomes the first lady MP

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