By Harriet Jones, Paul Addison

A spouse to modern Britain covers the foremost topics and debates of 20th-century background from the outbreak of the second one international battle to the tip of the century.

  • Assesses the impression of the second one international conflict
  • Looks at Britain’s function within the wider international, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special courting’ with the us, and integration with continental Europe
  • Explores cultural concerns, resembling category attention, immigration and race relatives, altering gender roles, and the effect of the mass media
  • Covers family politics and the economic system
  • Introduces the various views dominating ancient writing in this interval
  • Identifies the major matters that are more likely to gasoline destiny debate

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16. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Austerity in Britain, pp. 32–3. Bridgen and Lowe, Welfare Policy under the Conservatives, pp. 190–1. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Austerity in Britain, pp. 43–4. Milward, The Economic Effects of the World Wars on Britain, p. 26. Daunton, Just Taxes, pp. 236, 243. Atkinson, ‘Distribution of Income and Wealth’, p. 356. McKibbin, Classes and Cultures, pp. 118–19. Cole, The Post-War Condition of England, p. 44. McKibbin, Classes and Cultures, p. 100. Benney, Almost a Gentleman, p.

But, the report declared: ‘Want is only one of the five giants on the road to reconstruction and in some ways the easiest to attack. ’ Published in a blaze of publicity the Beveridge Report was phenomenally popular. An opinion poll a fortnight later showed that 95 per cent of the public were aware of it and 88 per cent thought it should be implemented. Only 53 per cent, however, believed that it would be implemented. The gap between the wishes of the electorate and their expectations opened up fertile territory for Labour which left-wing publicists in Picture Post, the Daily Mirror and elsewhere exploited to the full between 1942 and 1945.

Like the United States and the rest of western Europe, Britain was experiencing the ‘Golden Age’, an era of full employment and sustained economic growth that began in the late 1940s and lasted until 1973, when the oil crisis foreshadowed a return to more troubled conditions. It is plausible to assume that the long boom which followed the war must have been to some degree a consequence of the war. But what was the connection between the two? Keynesianism in the narrow sense of demand management was ACB1 2/19/05 9:56 AM Page 16 16 paul addison employed mainly to damp down the inflationary effects of full employment.

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