Britain since 1945: A Political History / Edition 5

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This is the fifth edition of what has become the standard textbook on contemporary British political history since the end of the Second World War.

The new and improved edition of this important book brings the picture to the present by including the following additions:

* a new chapter on Tony Blair's administration including analysis of the London Mayoral elections
* new material on john Major in the light of the memoirs of Major, Norman Lamont and new work on the Labour party at this time
* updated statistical data and tables
* in-depth coverage of the 1990s and the start of the twenty-first century.

This authoritative chronological survey discusses domestic policy and politics in particular, but also covers external and international relations and will doubtless be a major part of the course reading of any student of British history since 1945.

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Editorial Reviews

Overviews British political history since WWII, focusing on domestic policy and politics and covering external and international relations. New topics include the monarchy in crisis, New Labor and Tony Blair, and problems of the Conservative Party. This edition is updated since 1992 and includes information on the economic impact of Thatcherism, revised material on earlier decades, and discussion of the changing nature of the work force. It also reflects interviews with a wider cross section of politicians. For students of political science. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
This textbook on contemporary British history provides a chronological survey, emphasizing domestic policy and politics, but providing coverage of international relations as well. This new edition includes chapters on Blair's administration, new material on John Major, updated statistical data and tables, and coverage of the 1990s. Childs is an emeritus professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415248037
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Note and acknowledgements to the second edition
Acknowledgements to the third edition
Acknowledgements to the fourth edition
List of Abbreviations
1 Summer Victories
2 Achievement and Austerity Under Attlee, 1945-51
3 Colonial Retreat and Cold War
4 Churchill and Eden, 1951-57
5 Macmillan and the Affluent Society, 1957-64
6 Wilson's Attempts at Reform, 1964-70
7 The Unexpected Prime Minister: Edward Heath, 1970-74
8 Labour's Minority Governments, 1974-79
9 Thatcher's 'Revolution', 1979-83
10 Thatcher: Triumph and Fall, 1983-90
11 In Major's 'Classless Society', 1990-97
Appendix: Tables
Selected Bibliography
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