The Myth of Consensus: New Views on British History, 1945–64

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Harriet Jones, Michael D. Kandiah
Springer, Nov 12, 1996 - History - 186 pages
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This groundbreaking collection of essays challenges the notion that early postwar Britain was characterised by a consensus between the major political parties arising out of the experiences of the wartime coalition government. The volume collects for the first time the views of the revisionist historians who argue that fundamental differences between and within the parties continued to characterise British politics after 1945. Covering topics as diverse as industrial relations and decolonisation, the volume provides a welcome contrast to orthodox interpretations of contemporary Britain.
 

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Contents

Consensus Here Consensus There but
17
Not Reformed Capitalism But Democratic
40
Conservative Leaders Strategy and Consensus? 194564
58
Rationing Austerity
79
Butskellism the Postwar Consensus and
97
The Politics of the Social and the Industrial
120
Industrial Organisation and Ownership and
139
Decolonisation and Postwar Consensus
157
Index
182
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