In this, the firs of two self-standing volumes bringing "The New Oxford History of England" up to 1990, Brian Harrison begins in 1951 with much of the empire intact and with Britain enjoying high prestige in Europe. When the volume ends in 1970, the empire had gone, central planning was in trouble, and event the British political system had become controversial. In an unusually wide-ranging, yet impressively detailed volume, Harrison approaches the period from unfamiliar directions, focusing less on the politicians and more on the decisions the British people made largely for themselves.
Written by leading international scholars, "Twentieth Century Britain" investigates key moments, themes and identities in the past century. Engaging with cutting-edge research and debate, the essays in the volume combine discussion of the major issues currently preoccupying historians of the twentieth century with clear guidance on new directions in the theories and methodologies of modern British social, cultural and economic history. Divided into three, the first section of the book addresses key concepts historians use to think about the century, notably, class, gender and national identity. Organised chronologically, the book then explores topical thematic issues, such as multicultural Britain, religion and citizenship. Representing changes in the field, some chapters represent more recent fields of historical inquiry, such as modernity and sexuality.
In 1970 the "cold war" wass still cold, Northern Ireland's troubles were escalating, the UK's relations with the EEC were unclear, and corporatist approaches to the economy precariously persisted. By 1990 Communism was crumbling world-wide, Thatcher's economic revolution had occurred, terrorism in Northern Ireland was waning, multiculturalism was in place, family structures were changing fast, and British political institutions had become controversial. This, the first thorough, wide-ranging, and synoptic study of the UK so far published on this period, has two overriding aims: to show how British institutions evolved, but also to illuminate changes in the British people: their hopes and fears, values and enjoyments, failures and achievements. It therefore equips its readers to understand events since 1990, and so to decide for themselves where the UK should now be going.
Britishness and Cultural Studies: Continuity and Change in Narrating the Nation is a collection of introductory texts for British Cultural Studies courses in Polish universities and colleges. Representing 'British culture' the authors acquaint students with Cultural Studies methodologies and practice, especially in multi- and cross-cultural contexts. Narration of national culture is examined from diverse perspectives: class, ethnicity and gender; history and postcoloniality. The interdisciplinary quality is achieved through analysis of literature, art, mass culture, international relations, myths and stereotypes. Students are encouraged to interpret contemporary phenomena such as globalisation, migration, tourism, the age of information, cross0cultural fertilisation and the rise of new qualities and values. Britishness... offers both academic and personal approaches to culture.
This core book is aimed at average and above average ability Key Stage 4 National Curriculum pupils. All the material for the core unit is covered in such a way as to enable the most able to attain the highest levels, while it also remains accessible to those of average ability.
"British Cultural Studies" is a comprehensive introduction to the British tradition of cultural studies. Graeme Turner offers an accessible overview to the central themes that have informed British cultural studies; language, semiotics, Marxism and ideology, individualism and subjectivity and discourse. Presenting a history of British cultural studies and focusing on the work of such pioneers as Raymond Williams, Richard Hoggart, E.P. Thompson, Stuart Hall and the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, the second edition is fully revised to include new issues in cultural studies and to update key debates and references. New sections include: The influence of postmodernism, The politics of pleasure identified with the 'New Revisionism', Foucault and discourse, The politics of cultural studies, Gender and Race in the history of British Cultural Studies. A fully updated and comprehensive bibliography.
Royle calls on an impressive range of materials (supported by an excellent bibliography) to offer a judicious review of most of the issues currently confronted by social historians. His agenda contains both traditional and novel elements....all are presented with admirable clarity and balance....A volume which shows an astonishing command of such a wide range of material will long prove essential.
This absorbing narrative history brings into sharp and lively focus a period of immense energy, creativity, and turmoil. The book opens in 1886, as the Empire is poised to celebrate Victoria's golden jubilee, and ends in 1918 at the close of the 'war to end all wars', with England knowing that an era has conclusive ended. It vividly portrays every aspect of the nation's life - political, social and cultural - carrying the reader from the wretched city slums to the bustling docks and factories, from the grand portals of Westminster to blackpool's new holiday beach, from the world of the leisured aristocracy to the trenches of the Western Front and the violent politics of the militant suffrage movement.
In a century of rapid social change, the British people have experienced two world wars, the growth of the welfare state and the loss of Empire. Charles More looks at these and other issues in a comprehensive study of Britain’s political, economic and social history throughout the twentieth century. This accessible new book also engages with topical questions such as the impact of the Labour party and the role of patriotism in British identity.
A thorough and informative study of how social panics about perceived moral dangers to children were created and maintained in the Britain of the 1980s. Jenkins (Pennsylvania State Univ.) examines the social context of changing values and political and economic climates supporting beliefs that child abuse, pedophilia, and even satanism were rampant threats to social order, to explain the panic over apparent ritual abuse of children that broke out in 1990-91... This solid, well-written contribution can be read profitably by everyone with an interest in modern British society.
It is generally assumed that anthropologists do their research in remote and uncomfortable parts of the world- places with monsoons, mud huts, and malaria. In this volume, social anthropologist Kate Fox has taken on an altogether more enjoyable assignment, the study of the arcane world of British horseracing.
This text provides original documents which are designed to help the reader evaluate claims that World War II introduced a new sense of social solidarity and social idealism which led to a consensus on welfare state reform. The book offers important evidence on crime, race relations and anti-semitism, women, health and the family, in addition to examining the Blitz, evacuation and the making of social policy. Special attention is paid to the debate within the Conservative party on the Beveridge Report and the proposed national health service. Many of the documents included here have been drawn from the Public Record Office, and have not been published previously.
The 19th century was, to a large extent, the ‘British century’. Great Britain was the great world power and its institutions, beliefs and values had an immense impact on the world far beyond its formal empire. "Providence and Empire" argues that knowledge of the religious thought of the time is crucial in understanding the British imperial story. The churches of the United Kingdom were the greatest suppliers of missionaries to the world, and there was a widespread belief that Britain had a divine mission to spread Christianity and civilisation, to eradicate slavery, and to help usher in the millennium; the Empire had a providential purpose in the world. This is the first connected account of the interactions of religion, politics and society in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales between 1815 and 1914. "Providence and Empire" is essential reading for any student who wishes to gain an insight into the social, political and cultural life of this period.
"Feminism and Youth Culture" collects together eight separate essays on female youth culture written by Angela McRobbie over a period of almost 13 years. Topics include the changing place of romance in girls' comics and magazines, the everyday culture of working class girls, the appeal of dance narratives for pre-teenage readers and viewers, teenage mothers and feminist critiques of subcultural theory.
In "Britain since the Seventies", well-known historian Jeremy Black examines the most recent developments in British political, social, cultural and economic history. Taking the triumph of consumerism as an organizing theme, he charts the rise and fall of the Conservative Party, developments in British society, culture and politics, environmental issues, questions of identity, and changes in economic circumstance and direction. Iconic issues such as BSE, transport, asylum seekers and the NHS are viewed from both national and international perspectives. Black's account of contemporary Britain challenges as well as entertains, seeking to engage the reader in the process of interpretation. Through the lens of the last three decades, the author unveils his image of a country in which uncertainty, contingency and change are the defining features. In charting the impact of increasing individualism, longevity and secularization, Black is drawn repeatedly to examine a fundamental paradox of modern Britain: 'At the start of both century and millennium, the British were more prosperous than ever before, but ...happiness has not risen with prosperity.'" Britain since the Seventies" is a wide-ranging and cogent evaluation of recent British history, and as such will appeal to all those interested in the condition of modern Britain, and how it came to be so, as well as being an ideal introduction for students of the subject.