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.
"The book includes some fascinating essays. The essays on our economy pre - and post-1945 are particularly useful."
1. Introduction Francesca Carnevali and Julie-Marie Strange. PART ONE The Long Twentieth Century. 2.The British Economy Nicholas Crafts. 3. Modernity and Modernism Harry Cocks . 4. Class and Gender Stephen Brooke. 5. Britain’s changing position in the international economy Catherine R. Schenk. 6. War and national identity since 1914 Max Jones. PART TWO Themes Pre-1945. 7. Suffrage and Citizenship Martin Pugh. 8. Motoring and modernity Sean O’Connell. 9. The First World War and its aftermath Julian Greaves. 10. Depression and recovery Christopher Price. 11. Consumption, consumer credit cards and the diffusion of consumer durables Peter Scott. 12. The role of the state: Taxation, citizenship and welfare reforms Martin Daunton. 13. Leisure Julie-Marie Strange. 14. Youth Penny Tinkler. PART THREE Themes Post-1945. 15. Managing the economy, managing the people Jim Tomlinson. 16. Immigration, multiculturalism and racism Panikos Panayi. 17. The retreat of the state in the 1980s and 1990s Michael J. Oliver. 18. Trade unions: Rise and decline Chris Wrigley. 19. Sexuality Rebecca Jennings. 20. Poverty and social exclusion Julie Rugg. 21. Religion and ‘secularization’ John Wolffe. 22. Britain and Europe Neil Rollings. 23. Education and opportunity Katherine Wilson.