A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939-2000

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-30
  • 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.

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 Figuresp. x
List of Tablesp. xi
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Impact of the Second World Warp. 3
The Impact of the Cold Warp. 23
Population and the Familyp. 42
Cities, Suburbs, Countrysidep. 59
Classp. 76
Immigration and Racismp. 93
Sport and Recreationp. 110
Youth Culturep. 127
Sexualityp. 145
Economic 'Decline' in Post-War Britainp. 164
The Transformation of the Economyp. 180
The Geography of Economic Changep. 203
Living Standards and Consumptionp. 226
Gender: Change and Continuityp. 245
Welfare, Poverty and Social Inequalitiesp. 263
Educationp. 281
Healthp. 297
Rewriting the Unwritten Constitutionp. 315
The Secret Statep. 333
Rethinking the 'Rise and Fall' of Two-Party Politicsp. 351
The Rise and Disintegration of the Working Classesp. 371
The Growth of Social Movementsp. 389
Civil Societyp. 407
The Politics of Devolutionp. 427
The Politics of Northern Irelandp. 444
Britain in the World Economyp. 463
The End of Empirep. 482
The Anglo-American 'Special Relationship'p. 499
Britain and Europep. 517
British Defence Policyp. 539
Select Bibliographyp. 556
Indexp. 567
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