British Society Since 1945: Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141005270
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/29/2003
  • Series: Penguin Social History of Britain Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 713,084
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ciardi was a distinguished poet and professor, having taught at Harvard and Rutgers universities, and a poetry editor of The Saturday Review. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 1955 he won the Harriet Monroe Memorial Award, and in 1956, the Prix de Rome. He died in 1986.
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Table of Contents

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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