By Paul Addison, Harriet Jones
A significant other to modern Britain covers the main subject matters and debates of 20th-century background from the outbreak of the second one international battle to the tip of the century. Assesses the effect of the second one international struggle appears at Britain’s position 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, reminiscent of classification awareness, immigration and race family members, altering gender roles, and the effect of the mass media Covers household politics and the financial system Introduces the various views dominating historic writing in this interval Identifies the most important concerns that are prone to gas destiny debate
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A Companion to Contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 (Blackwell Companions to British History) by Paul Addison, Harriet Jones