Kenneth Younger was the number two man in the Foreign Office during the final period of the Attlee government, a crucial point in post-war history. Now, his papers have been collected for the first time, providing new insight on contemporary events including the Schuman Plan, the Korean War, German Rearmament, the Japanese Peace Treaty and the Abadan Crisis. Younger was an inveterate diarist, and here his insights into the grand games of world politics are collected for the first time.
'Younger was the second-ranking minister in the Foreign Office from February 1950 until the Labour government’s defeat in the October 1951 general election, and his diaries and papers offer a unique insight into British and world politics when Britain could still claim to be a world power.' – Reference & Research Book News
Social change impacts not just upon voting behaviour and party identity but also the formulation of policy. But how do social changes and political developments interact? Which shapes which? Reflecting a belief that social and political structures cannot be understood either in isolation from each other or from the historical processes which form them, this series will examine the forces that have shaped British society and culture. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, history, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.