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1st Edition

Britain in the Twentieth Century

ISBN 9780582784833
Published October 18, 2006 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

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. 

Table of Contents

Preface.  1. Britain in 1900.  2. Liberal High Tide: Politics 1900-1914.  3. The First World War.  4. Changing Tides: Politics Between the Wars.  5. The Search for Peace: Britain and the World 1918-1939.  6. Society 1900-1939.  7. The Second World War: Battles and Strategy.  8. The Second World War: Politics and Society.  9. The Years of Consensus? Politics 1945-1974.  10. Thatcherism and After: Politics 1974-2000.  11. Britain and Overseas 1945-2000.  12. Society 1945-2000.  Afterword.

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Charles More has published a widely read textbook on modern British economic and social history, The Industrial Age: Economy and Society in Britain 1750-1995, (1989, 1997) and numerous other books and articles, especially on the history of education and of work. He has taught modern British and European history at the University of Gloucestershire since 1980.


‘Charles More should be commended for distilling the major concepts, historiography and a mass of evidence into a concise and readable narrative... This book would make an excellent introduction to the study of Britainin the 20th century.’

Dr Alan Simmonds, Department of History, University of Hull