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Britain since 1939
Progress and Decline
2nd Edition
 
 
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05 Dec 2001
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In this thoroughly revised 2nd edition, David Childs gives a detailed account of political, social and economic developments since 1919, including the impact of the Second World War, Britain's often neglected last days as an Empire- India, Palestine, Kenya, Cyprus and elsewhere are covered, necessary background for an understanding of Britain today.
The decline of the Conservatives and the Blair experience are also covered at length, and a sketch of Ireland from the Free State to today's prosperous Republic is included. Biographical materials and interviews enliven the text.
Mention is made of the discussion on decline at various points in British history, but Childs concludes that although Britain faces very serious problems, its people are better off than ever before in terms of prosperity and personal freedom.


Description

In this thoroughly revised 2nd edition, David Childs gives a detailed account of political, social and economic developments since 1919, including the impact of the Second World War, Britain's often neglected last days as an Empire- India, Palestine, Kenya, Cyprus and elsewhere are covered, necessary background for an understanding of Britain today.
The decline of the Conservatives and the Blair experience are also covered at length, and a sketch of Ireland from the Free State to today's prosperous Republic is included. Biographical materials and interviews enliven the text.
Mention is made of the discussion on decline at various points in British history, but Childs concludes that although Britain faces very serious problems, its people are better off than ever before in terms of prosperity and personal freedom.


Reviews

'A timely and useful second edition for new historians who need to be brought up to speed with 20th century British history.' - Roger Middleton, University of Bristol


Contents

Introduction
Interwar Britain, 1919-39
Britain and the World, 1919-39
Britain at War, 1939-41
From European War to World War and Victory, 1941-45
Britain under Attlee, 1945-51
From Churchill to Macmillan, 1951-60
Conservatives on the Run, 1961-64
Harold Wilson at the Helm, 1964-70
Trouble and Strife, 1970-74
Trouble and Strife, 1974-79
The Thatcher Era, 1979-87
Thatcher in Decline, 1987-90
Major's Avalanche of Problems
New Labour in Office
Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index


Authors

DAVID CHILDS is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Nottingham University and is author of the standard work Britain Since 1945: A Political History, The Fall Of The GDR and other works on Britain and Germany. He writes for The Independent and other publications.