Compare And Contrast The Achievements Of Lloyd George From 1918 To 1922

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This writer focuses on two parts of the question 'The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 was Lloyd George's greatest political achievement in the period from 1918 to 1922.'. One is 'the period from 1918 to 1922'. The period from 1918 to 1922 is very distinguishing time for Britain and David Lloyd George. It was in 1918 when the First World War ended and it was in 1922 when David Lloyd George resigned as Prime Minister . It indicates that this essay should concentrate only on that specific period and evaluate his achievements, even though he did rather well during different period. The other is the word 'greatest'. The word 'greatest' implies the comparison among others. In addition, with its own meaning, this writer is going to regard this word as …show more content…
Before discussing, it is good to figure out historical background which can be related to the policies. The First World War ended in 1918 and the war brought a lot of changes to British society. A myriad of casualties were occurred during the war including soldiers and civilians. Britain lost many potential leaders, and it took another generation to make up for it. There were material losses too and national debt had increased enormously. War effects were so heavy and people wanted lasting peace and equitable national reconstruction. Also, a time of economic recession came to British society after the short period of post-war prosperity. Unemployment rose inexorably and old basic industrial staple industries experienced a consistent, catastrophic slump. Post-war government needed to stabilize the livelihoods of the public, and enforced relevant post-war policies. On the other hand, Lloyd George carried out numerous social reforms to accomplish social advancement. During the war period, social reforms were abandoned or could not able to be enacted since the government could not afford them. Things that had been put off during the war period were resumed and newly planned. In this context, Lloyd George implemented several social policies from different …show more content…
Except his achievements during the war time, people usually cannot affirm his greatest accomplishment. In this context, the question 'What can be the outstanding policy during his coalition government?' has arisen. As explained above, Lloyd George's policies during the period can be classified into three categories. Post-war policies including from the conclusion of Versailles Treaty to economic recovery, social reforms, and Ireland issue. Some historians believed that Irish Problems more than any other issue undermined his position as leader. Also, it has been said that Ireland ruined Lloyd George and he never entirely recovered his reputation. Rather, some of them might estimate his various social reforms greater. He enacted policies relevant to housing, unemployment relief, education and etc. Actually, some historians assessed it positively since they believe that he laid the foundation for British to become a welfare

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