A Companion to Contemporary Britain: 1939-2000

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-01
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Notes on Contributors
The Impact of the Second World War
The Impact of the Cold War
Population and the Family
Cities, Suburbs, Countryside
Immigration and Racism
Sport and Recreation
Youth Culture
Economic æDeclineÆ in Post-war Britain
The Transformation of the Economy
The Geography of Economic Change
Living Standards and Consumption
Gender: Change and Continuity
Welfare, Poverty and Social Inequalities
Re-writing the Unwritten Constitution
The Secret State
Rethinking the æRise and FallÆ of Two-Party Politics
The Rise and Disintegration of the Working Classes
The Growth of Social Movements
Civil Society
The Politics of Devolution
The Politics of Northern Ireland
Britain in the World Economy
The End of Empire
The Anglo-American æSpecial RelationshipÆ
Britain and Europe
British Defence Policy
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