Britain Since 1945: A Political History

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - History - 456 pages
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Bringing the picture right up to date, this sixth edition of the most reliable basic text on recent political history not only discusses domestic policy and politics in particular, but also covers external and international relations.

New additions for this edition include:

  • a discussion of 11 September 2001
  • the Iraq War and after
  • the election of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard as leaders of the Conservative Party
  • immigration, asylum and identity
  • the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles
  • the 2005 election and Blair's standing as Prime Minister
  • the controversy over fox hunting, the Gambling Act and 24-hour drinking
  • the importance of China on the British arena.

Established and authoritative, this volume is a crucial text for all students of contemporary British history and politics.

 

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Contents

1 SUMMER VICTORIES
1
2 ACHIEVEMENT AND AUSTERITY UNDER ATTLEE 194551
10
3 COLONIAL RETREAT AND COLD WAR
28
4 CHURCHILL AND EDEN 195157
54
5 MACMILLAN AND THE AFFLUENT SOCIETY 195764
70
6 WILSONS ATTEMPTS AT REFORM 196470
117
EDWARD HEATH 197074
162
8 LABOURS MINORITY GOVERNMENTS 197479
179
TRIUMPH AND FALL 198390
234
11 IN MAJORS CLASSLESS SOCIETY 199096
272
12 BLAIR FIRST TERM 19972001
307
13 BLAIRS GOVERNMENTS 200105
348
14 BLAIRS THIRD TERM
392
TABLES
413
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
420
INDEX
432

9 THATCHERS REVOLUTION 197983
213

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David Childs is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Nottingham.

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