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9780631220404

A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939-2000

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631220404

  • ISBN10:

    0631220402

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-06-06
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

A Companion to Contemporary Britain covers the key themes and debates of twentieth-century history from the outbreak of the Second World War to the end of the century. Comprising 30 essays written by leading international scholars, it provides readers with a single-volume reference to the varied perspectives dominating historical writing on this period. The volume opens with an assessment of the impact of war, before moving on to examine Britain's continuing role in the wider world, particularly the legacy of Empire, Britain's 'special relationship' with the United States, and integration with continental Europe. Domestic politics, the economy, society, and popular culture are also covered, including such topics as class consciousness, immigration and race relations, changing gender roles, and the impact of the mass media. Where essays include discussion of the last years of the century, they often present the first assessment of recent developments from a self-consciously historical perspective.

Author Biography

Paul Addison is Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His books include The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War (1975) and Churchill on the Home Front 1900-1955 (1992).

Harriet Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
x
List of Tables
xi
Notes on Contributors xiii
Introduction 1(2)
The Impact of the Second World War
3(20)
Paul Addison
The Impact of the Cold War
23(19)
Harriet Jones
Population and the Family
42(17)
Pat Thane
Cities, Suburbs, Countryside
59(17)
Mark Clapson
Class
76(17)
Arthur Marwick
Immigration and Racism
93(17)
Wendy Webster
Sport and Recreation
110(17)
Richard Holt
Youth Culture
127(18)
Bill Osgerby
Sexuality
145(19)
Lesley A. Hall
Economic `Decline' in Post-War Britain
164(16)
Jim Tomlinson
The Transformation of the Economy
180(23)
Hugh Pemberton
The Geography of Economic Change
203(23)
P. W. Daniels
Living Standards and Consumption
226(19)
Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska
Gender: Change and Continuity
245(18)
Dolly Smith Wilson
Welfare, Poverty and Social Inequalities
263(18)
Janet Fink
Education
281(16)
Roy Lowe
Health
297(18)
John Welshman
Rewriting the Unwritten Constitution
315(18)
Andrew Blick
The Secret State
333(18)
Richard J. Aldrich
Rethinking the `Rise and Fall' of Two-Party Politics
351(20)
Steven Fielding
The Rise and Disintegration of the Working Classes
371(18)
Robert Taylor
The Growth of Social Movements
389(18)
Holger Nehring
Civil Society
407(20)
Nicholas Deakin
The Politics of Devolution
427(17)
Christopher Harvie
The Politics of Northern Ireland
444(19)
Thomas Hennessey
Britain in the World Economy
463(19)
Catherine R. Schenk
The End of Empire
482(17)
Bill Schwarz
The Anglo-American `Special Relationship'
499(18)
Michael F. Hopkins
John W. Young
Britain and Europe
517(22)
James Ellison
British Defence Policy
539(17)
Simon Ball
Select Bibliography 556(11)
Index 567

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