The British Isles 1901-1951

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"The 'British Isles' entered the twentieth century as a single state 'Great Britain and Ireland' with a 'British Empire' greater in extent and larger in population than the world had ever seen. The first fifty years saw vast change. This volume presents a very different country in 1951 from what it had been in 1901. The chapters by different authors focus on politics, economics, society, wars, and foreign policy to emphasize the interconnectedness of all these developments. These clearly written expositions reflect on 'the British Way and ...
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Overview

"The 'British Isles' entered the twentieth century as a single state 'Great Britain and Ireland' with a 'British Empire' greater in extent and larger in population than the world had ever seen. The first fifty years saw vast change. This volume presents a very different country in 1951 from what it had been in 1901. The chapters by different authors focus on politics, economics, society, wars, and foreign policy to emphasize the interconnectedness of all these developments. These clearly written expositions reflect on 'the British Way and Purpose' from different perspectives."
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Keith Robbins is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales, Lampeter, and Senior Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales. His publications include The First World War (OUP 1985) and A Bibliography of British History 1914-1989 (OUP 1996).

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Table of Contents

List of plates
List of maps
List of contributors
Introduction: Halfway House - Isles and Empire over half a century 1
1 British Isles/British Empire; dual mandate/dual identity 13
2 Electing the governors/the governance of the elect 43
3 The British Way and Purpose 73
4 Being British: creeds and cultures 103
5 Unity and disunity: the price of victory 137
6 Declining advantage: the British economy 163
7 Riches, poverty, and progress 197
Conclusion: decline and progress 229
Further reading 235
Chronology 243
Maps 251
Index 255
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