9781137008909

Constructing Post-Imperial Britain: Britishness, 'Race' and the Radical Left in the 1960s

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    9781137008909

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    1137008903

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

In the 1960s Britain wound up its overseas empire. What had once covered a quarter of the world's surface was no more. This marked a new beginning for people in those former colonies, but its impact on those in Britain was less clear. This book addresses the effects of the end of empire on the British public in a way never before done, arguing that the end of empire had a profound impact on Britons, shaping the way they saw their place in the world, their society and the ethnic and racial boundaries of their nation. This study contends that the radical, extra-parliamentary, left wing is central to understanding how British public opinion was shaped on these issues. Focussing on some of the most influential and controversial organisations of the 1960s – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, the National Union of Students and the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement – this book illuminates their central importance in constructing post-imperial Britain.

Author Biography

Jodi Burkett is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She has previously taught at the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Leeds Metropolitan University and York University in Toronto, Canada where she received her PhD in 2009.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
PART I: BRITAIN'S CHANGING INTERNATIONAL POSITION
1. British 'Greatness' after Empire
2. Britain's relationships with Other Powers
3. Hanging on to the Imperial Past
PART II: POST-IMPERIAL BRITISHNESS AT HOME
4. Claiming Centrality
5. Views of the British People
6. Imagining an Ideal Britain
PART III: 'RACE' AND POST-IMPERIAL BRITISHNESS
7. A Unified or Divided Left?
8. Opposition to Racial Inequality Outside Britain
9. Addressing 'Race' in Britain
Conclusion
Endnotes

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