British Society Since 1945: Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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High and popular culture; family, race, gender and class relations; sexual attitudes and material conditions; science and technology - the diversity of social developments in Britain from 1945 to 2002 are thoroughly explored in this new edition of aclassic text. 'Something of a tour de force... Without serious distortion or omission he moves dexterously through a wide variety of sources, ranging from poetry through film and novels to opinion polls.. it is astonishing how much he gets in' Times Educational Supplement 'An enjoyable, readable, usable achievement which leads the field' John Vincent, Sunday Times

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141005270
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/29/2003
  • Series: Penguin Social History of Britain Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Marwick is Professor of History at the Open University and served as Dean of Art from 1978 to 1984. His other books include THE SIXTIES and THE DELUGE.
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Table of Contents

British Society Since 1945 - Arthur Marwick Preface
Introduction: "How It Was," "What Went Wrong?," or "From Consensus to Divided Society and Half-way Back?"
Part One: Social Consensus 1945-57
1. British Journey
2. That Topic All-Absorbing: Class
3. The Welfare State
4. Hearth, Home, and Street Corner
5. The Culture of Austerity
6. Consensus Re-examined
Part Two: Roads to Freedom 1958-73
7. Afflunce, Appliances, and Work
8. Critiques, Boutiques, and Pop
9. The End of Victorianism
10. Social Structure and Social Strains
11. False Optimism
Part Three: The Time of Troubles 1973-82
12. Gloom on the Man-Made Island 1973-80
13. Class, Race, and Nationalism
14. Living Standards
15. "Gimme a Man After Midnight"
16. Tolerance and Confrontation
17. The Winter of Discontent and the Summer of the Fire Bombs
Part Four: Privatization, Polarization and IT 1982-9
18. The Processes of Change
19. The Geography of "Post-Industrialization": Mainland Britain and Northern Ireland
20. The "Enterprise Economy"
21. Workers, Yuppies, and Hooligans
22. Social Policy and Social Life
23. The Hallmark of a Civilization: "An Ace Caff with Quite a Nice Museum Attached"
Part Five: A Society at Odds with Itself 1989-97
24. Divisive Requests: Cultural and Political
25. Social Reform with a Sting
26. Class, Race, Identity
Part Six: A Faltering Return Towards Consensus? 1997-2002
27. The Odd Shape of the Nation
28. Service with a Scowl
29. The Pleasures and Pains of Life
Notes on Sources and Guide to Further Reading
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