Britain Since 1945: Aspects of Identity

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Illustrated throughout with relevant images, maps, charts and timelines, Britain since 1945 is an ideal introductory text for students of British Studies, cultural studies and modern British history. Assuming no prior knowledge, Leese offers students of all backgrounds both the essential chronological grounding and vital insight into the issues of identity necessary for a full understanding of contemporary Britain, setting social and cultural developments into their historical contexts.

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"Employing the montage technique of filmmakers, [Leese] takes readers on an exhilarating whirl into communities in Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland; the experiences of women, immigrants, and youth; and the imaginative realm of the visual arts, music, and film. This very readable book is solidly based on a wide array of sources including autobiographies, memoirs, government reports, historical and sociological works, and arts criticism, and gives ample space to the voices of underrepresented groups. Leese has succeeded in his goal of illuminating popular mentalities and trends in an increasingly diverse, fractured, but vibrant society. The book can stand alone as an appealing survey of British culture over the last 60 years, or as a valuable complement to primarily political studies. Those interested in the broader theme of national identity will also find much food for though in this innovative work... Highly recommended." —CHOICE

"A well-crafted and very useable text for undergraduates on courses on recent British history or British studies more generally." —John Brobst, Ohio University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403948052
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/14/2006
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER LEESE teaches social and cultural history at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. His previous publications include Shell Shock and the co-edited volume The British Migrant Experience 1700-2000.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Photographs
• Preface and Acknowledgements
• Maps
• Introduction: A Montage of Identities
• Welfare's Place
• Looking New
• Soap-flake Arcadia
• Timeline 1: 1945-59
• Britain's Breakup
• Limited Freedoms
• UK Anarchy
• Timeline II: 1960-79
• Communication Webs
• Fractured, Rearranged
• Fragile States
• Timeline III: 1980-97
• Millennium Life
• Timeline IV: 1998-2005
• Conclusion
• Appendices
• Bibliography and Further Reading
• Index

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