Understanding Decline: Perceptions and Realities of British Economic Performance

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The theme of British economic decline is inescapable in contemporary debates about Britain's economic performance and sense of national identity. Understanding Decline is a serious contribution to an important argument, approached in a way that is accessible not only to the specialist academic market but to students of economics, history and politics. The volume includes case-studies through which the reality of decline can be explored, while differing perceptions of decline are examined in a number of essays dealing with ideas and policy issues.
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"For those who study Britain and Europe, this book is a must read; for those who recognize the continued relevance of the idea of decline in other leading nations, it cannot be overlooked. Upper-division undergraduate and up." Choice

"...pushes into the undergrowth of long-running debates." David J. Jeremy, Business History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521036849
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/2007
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Frontispiece Barry Supple; Notes on contributors; Note on references; Preface Peter Clarke and Clive Trebilcock; Introduction: national performance in a personal perspective Barry Supple; 1. Fear of failing: economic history and the decline of Britain Barry Supple; 2. 'A great deal of ruin in a nation' Donald Winch; 3. The security of the realm and the growth of the economy, 1688–1914 Patrick K. O'Brien; 4. British economic decline and human resources Simon Szreter; 5. The myth of decline: an urban perspective Jay Winter; 6. Phoenix: financial services, insurance and economic revival between the wars Clive Trebilcock; 7. Keynes, New Jerusalem, and British decline Peter Clarke; 8. Social policy, saving, and sound money: budgeting for the New Jerusalem in the Second World War Jose Harris; 9. 1945–1951: years of recovery or a stage in economic decline? Bernard Alford; 10. The end of empire and the golden age Charles H. Feinstein; 11. Macmillan's audit of empire, 1957 Tony Hopkins; 12. Apocalypse when? British politicians and British 'decline' in the twentieth century David Cannadine; 13. Measuring economic decline Peter Temin; Publications by Barry Supple; Index.

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