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The Transformation Of British Life, 1950-2000

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During the second half of the twentieth century life in Britain was transformed by radical changes in standards of living, affecting housing, food and transport, as well as by major shifts in social, cultural and moral values. This book examines the remarkable extent to which a marked decline of popular support for orthodox institutions such as the monarchy, religion, marriage and trade unions resulted in a far more flexible and diverse society—a society in which women, the young, and members of ethnic minorities...

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Overview

During the second half of the twentieth century life in Britain was transformed by radical changes in standards of living, affecting housing, food and transport, as well as by major shifts in social, cultural and moral values. This book examines the remarkable extent to which a marked decline of popular support for orthodox institutions such as the monarchy, religion, marriage and trade unions resulted in a far more flexible and diverse society—a society in which women, the young, and members of ethnic minorities played increasingly important roles. It also stresses the extent to which British society has been influenced by foreign developments. Separate chapters on the impact of American culture and European institutions, as well as modern architecture and planning, all explore the ways in which British life has been profoundly affected by factors which are not normally considered by social historians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719066122
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Rosen is an historian and university administrator.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
• Preface
• Introduction
Part I: Standards of Living, Qualities of Life
• in Prosperous Times
• Slicing the Pie
Part II: Orthodoxies in Decline
• The Monarchy and the Aristocracy
• Religion
• Marriage
• The Trade Unions
Part III: New Opportunities, New Roles
• Education
• Ethnic Minorities
• Women and Work
• Youth and Age
Part IV: Redefining Britain
• The New Architecture
• Living in the American Age
• The Ambivalent Europeans
• Conclusion
• Notes
• Bibliography
• Index

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