By Paul Addison, Harriet Jones
A better half to modern Britain covers the most important issues and debates of 20th-century historical past from the outbreak of the second one global battle to the tip of the century. Assesses the effect of the second one international conflict appears to be like at Britain’s function within the wider international, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special dating’ with the us, and integration with continental Europe Explores cultural concerns, resembling classification recognition, immigration and race family, altering gender roles, and the influence of the mass media Covers household politics and the economic system Introduces the numerous views dominating old writing in this interval Identifies the main concerns that are prone to gasoline destiny debate
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Published in a blaze of publicity the Beveridge Report was phenomenally popular. An opinion poll a fortnight later showed that 95 per cent of the public were aware of it and 88 per cent thought it should be implemented. Only 53 per cent, however, believed that it would be implemented. The gap between the wishes of the electorate and their expectations opened up fertile territory for Labour which left-wing publicists in Picture Post, the Daily Mirror and elsewhere exploited to the full between 1942 and 1945.
Viewed from the left, post-war politics were in many ways an anticlimax. 48 Through trial and error a compromise between collectivism and market forces was reached, and by the 1950s Britain was a makeshift social democracy in which the welfare state and the mixed economy were the main pillars. Like the United States and the rest of western Europe, Britain was experiencing the ‘Golden Age’, an era of full employment and sustained economic growth that began in the late 1940s and lasted until 1973, when the oil crisis foreshadowed a return to more troubled conditions.
A Companion to Contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 (Blackwell Companions to British History) by Paul Addison, Harriet Jones