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By Harriet Jones, Paul Addison

A significant other to modern Britain covers the foremost subject matters and debates of 20th-century heritage from the outbreak of the second one international conflict to the top of the century.

  • Assesses the impression of the second one global conflict
  • Looks at Britain’s function within the wider international, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special dating’ with the USA, and integration with continental Europe
  • Explores cultural concerns, equivalent to classification recognition, immigration and race kin, altering gender roles, and the influence of the mass media
  • Covers household politics and the economic climate
  • Introduces the various views dominating historic writing in this interval
  • Identifies the foremost matters that are more likely to gasoline destiny debate

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Leicester, 1993). The classic social history of Britain in the Second World War is Angus Calder, The People’s War: Britain 1939–1945 (1969). For unity and division on the home front see Robert Mackay, Half the Battle: Civilian Morale in Britain during the Second World War (Manchester, 2002), which contests the more pessimistic interpretations. Class is best understood in long-term perspective: see Ross McKibbin, Classes and Cultures: England 1918–1951 (Oxford, 1998). There are major studies of women in wartime by Penny Summerfield: Women Workers in the Second World War: Production and Patriarchy in Conflict (1984) and Reconstructing Women’s Wartime Lives (Manchester, 1998).

It was followed by a remarkable economic recovery which owed something – how much is a matter of debate – to Marshall Aid from the United States. 51 In spite of the loss of India, the British retained a colonial empire in the West Indies, Africa, and the Far East, an informal empire in the Middle East, and strong ties with the White Dominions. Economically, Britain was the headquarters and banker of the sterling area, which included the whole of the empire and Commonwealth except Canada, along with Belgium and Sweden.

But commercial development of liquid crystal displays mostly took place in Japan. There were many similar disappointments. Technology transfer into British industry from the defence research establishments was widespread during the Cold War, but almost exclusively confined to the defence sector. The decision to proceed with a British nuclear deterrent thus had a profound domestic as well as a military and diplomatic impact. The gap between the unarmed population and the power of the arms in the control of the state was unprecedented.

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