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Marwick was in the history department, Open U., UK, when he first published his account of post-war Britain in 1982; and he's added new chapters every few years. Here covering events and trends from late 1995 to early 2002, he describes a possible return to the consensus that he says began the period and has been lost since. This work is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Marwick was in the history department, Open U., UK, when he first published his account of post-war Britain in 1982; and he's added new chapters every few years. Here covering events and trends from late 1995 to early 2002, he describes a possible return to the consensus that he says began the period and has been lost since. This work is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

This penetrating survey of British society since WW2 addresses the question of how the hopes for prosperity following the 1945 election have not been fulfilled.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780140138177
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1990
  • Series: Social Hist of Britain Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: 'How It Was', 'What Went Wrong?', or 'From Consensus to Divided Society and Half-way Back?' ix
Part 1 Social Consensus 1945-57
1 British Journey 3
2 That Topic All-Absorbing: Class 17
3 The Welfare State 27
4 Hearth, Home, and Street Corner 40
5 The Culture of Austerity 52
6 Consensus Re-examined 73
Part 2 Roads to Freedom 1958-73
7 Affluence, Appliances, and Work 85
8 Critiques, Boutiques, and Pop 94
9 The End of Victorianism 113
10 Social Structure and Social Strains 124
11 False Optimism 141
Part 3 The Time of Troubles 1973-82
12 Gloom on the Man-Made Island 1973-80 151
13 Class, Race, and Nationalism 166
14 Living Standards 187
15 'Gimme a Man After Midnight' 202
16 Tolerance and Confrontation 213
17 The Winter of Discontent and the Summer of the Fire Bombs 227
Part 4 Privatization, Polarization and IT 1982-9
18 The Processes of Change 235
19 The Geography of 'Post-Industrialization': Mainland Britain and Northern Ireland 243
20 The 'Enterprise Economy' 261
21 Workers, Yuppies and Hooligans 275
22 Social Policy and Social Life 298
23 The Hallmark of a Civilization: 'An Ace Caff with Quite a Nice Museum Attached' 316
Part 5 A Society at Odds with Itself 1989-97
24 Divisive Bequests: Cultural and Political 335
25 Social Reform with a Sting 358
26 Class, Race, Identity 382
Part 6 A Faltering Return Towards Consensus? 1997-2002
27 The Odd Shape of the Nation 419
28 Service with a Scowl 436
29 The Pleasures and Pains of Life 453
Notes on Sources and Guide to Further Reading 469
Index 473
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