British Politics and Society

Series Editor: Peter Catterall

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. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.

  • Reginald McKenna

    Financier among Statesmen, 1863–1916

    By Martin Farr

    Reginald McKenna has never been the subject of scholarly attention. This was partly due to his own preference for appearing at the periphery of events even when ostensibly at the centre, and the absence of a significant collection of private papers. This new book redresses the neglect of this…

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  • Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics

    By James Thomas

    'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT', was the famous headline claim of Britain's most popular newspaper following the Conservative party's victory over Labour in the 1992 general election. The headline referred to a virulent press campaign against Neil Kinnock's Labour party, and dramatically highlighted one…

    Paperback – 2015-07-19
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  • The Western European Union

    International Politics Between Alliance and Integration

    By Sally Rohan

    This full-term study of the Western European Union (WEU) brings to life the history of Europe’s search for a co-operative security and defence order, from its post World War II origins to the present day. Establishing the WEU as a support organization, designed to promote the two security "ideas"…

    Hardback – 2014-08-03
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  • Pessimism and British War Policy, 1916-1918

    By Brock Millman

    This analysis of Britains war policy during the last years of the Great War argues that it was strongly affected by a mood of pessimism. The policy was revised after the defeats suffered by the allies in 1917, so much so that Britain almost "tumbled into peace" the following year.…

    Paperback – 2014-07-16
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  • German Migrants in Post-War Britain

    An Enemy Embrace

    By Dr Inge Weber-Newth, Johannes-Dieter Steinert

    Both timely and topical, with 2005 marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this unique book examines the little-known and under-researched area of German migration to Britain in the immediate post-war era. Authors Weber-Newth and Steinert analyze the political framework of…

    Paperback – 2014-05-18
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  • In the Midst of Events

    The Foreign Office Diaries and Papers of Kenneth Younger, February 1950-October 1951

    Edited by Geoffrey Warner

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-12-11
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  • The Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 1854–1946

    By Keith Neilson, T.G. Otte

    Chief among the personnel at the Foreign Office is the Permanent Under-secretary, the senior civil servant who oversees the department and advises the Foreign Secretary. This book is a study of the twelve men who held this Office from 1854–1946.…

    Paperback – 2012-10-09
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  • Strangers, Aliens and Asians

    Huguenots, Jews and Bangladeshis in Spitalfields 1666-2000

    By Anne Kershen

    Exploring the dynamics that drive the processes of immigrant settlement and assimilation, this fascinating book looks at whether these are solely the outcome of the temporal setting, cultural background, and the contemporaneous socio-economic and political conditions, or whether there are factors…

    Paperback – 2012-06-21
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  • Britain, America and the War Debt Controversy

    The Economic Diplomacy of an Unspecial Relationship, 1917-45

    By Robert Self

    This volume throws important new light upon a pivotal period of transition in the Anglo-American relationship and sets the stage for its equally dramatic transformation during and after the Second World War.  Based upon extensive research in previously unpublished archival material on both…

    Paperback – 2012-03-21
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  • British Military Intervention and the Struggle for Jordan

    King Hussein, Nasser and the Middle East Crisis, 1955–1958

    By Stephen Blackwell

    Within two years of their abortive invasion of the Suez Canal zone in 1956, British troops once again intervened in a major Middle Eastern country. The Jordan intervention of July 1958 took place despite the steady decline of the British position in the country over the previous three years.…

    Paperback – 2012-03-12
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  • Inside the Welfare State

    Foundations of Policy and Practice in Post-War Britain

    By Virginia Noble

    By moving beyond consideration of the welfare legislation enacted in the 1940s, this book explains how government aid was actually provided in the new British welfare state created just after World War II. Revealing dimensions of social policy that have been neglected by scholars, this study…

    Paperback – 2011-08-15
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  • The Struggle Over European Integration in Britain, 1956–63

    By Theodore Bromund

    Europe has always been a vexing proposition for Britain. The country sees itself as a regional power, yet national fervour is very strong. This book examines the ways in which the British government worked with and against influential organizations and individuals in order to manage domestic…

    Hardback – 2007-06-14
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  • Government, the Railways and the Modernization of Britain

    Beeching's Last Trains

    By Charles Loft

    More than 40 years after its publication, the 1963 Beeching Report on British railways remains controversial for recommending the closure of a third of Britain’s railways. In this book, Charles Loft examines: why the nationalized railways were in such dire financial straits by 1963 how…

    Hardback – 2006-07-03
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  • The Labour Governments 1964-1970

    Edited by Peter Dorey

    Peter Dorey here presents the most comprehensive, in-depth and original book of the 1964-1970 labour governments published to date. This unique account examines a wide range of political issues and makes extensive use of primary sources recently released by the Public Records Office, including…

    Hardback – 2006-04-18
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  • Searching for Security in a New Europe

    The Diplomatic Career of Sir George Russell Clerk

    By Gerald J. Protheroe

    Drawing on an array of archival material, this study sheds light on Sir George Russell Clerk, an important, yet forgotten figure in British and European diplomatic history. During the First World War, Clerk was a senior Foreign Office official strongly sympathetic to the cause of the 'oppressed…

    Hardback – 2006-02-02
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  • Conscription in Britain 1939-1964

    The Militarization of a Generation

    By Roger Broad

    Conscription in Britain 1939-1964 outlines the historical record of conscription from the fyrd of the Dark Ages through to Nelson’s day and the First World War, but above all explores conscription during the Second World War and the National Service that continued in the decade afterwards. Covering…

    Hardback – 2005-12-18
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  • British Foreign Secretaries in an Uncertain World, 1919-1939

    By Michael Hughes

    The nature of international diplomacy and Britain’s world role changed immeasurably after the end of the First World War, and this book shows how the various men who headed the Foreign Office during the interwar years sought to operate in the shifting political and bureaucratic environments that…

    Hardback – 2005-10-05
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  • Britain's Policy Towards the European Community

    Harold Wilson and Britain's World Role, 1964-1967

    By Helen Parr

    Harold Wilson’s apparent volte-face on European Community membership in the autumn of 1966 has long puzzled commentators and Wilson’s colleagues alike. Based on interviews, private papers and recently released evidence from the National Archives, this book provides a fresh interpretation of Wilson’…

    Hardback – 2005-09-28
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  • British Policy in Aden and the Protectorates 1955-67

    Last Outpost of a Middle East Empire

    By Spencer Mawby

    This is the first detailed account of the confrontation between Britain and President Nasser of Egypt over the Colony of Aden and the surrounding protected states, prior to British withdrawal in 1967. Paying particular attention to the conflicting goals of Arab nationalism and British imperialism,…

    Hardback – 2005-08-22
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  • Mid-Victorian Imperialists

    British Gentlemen and the Empire of the Mind

    By Edward Beasley

    Throughout the nineteenth century the British Empire was the subject of much writing; floods of articles, books and government reports were produced about the areas under British control and the policy of imperialism. Mid-Victorian Imperialists investigates how the Victorians made sense of all the…

    Hardback – 2005-06-20
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  • The Labour Party in Opposition 1970-1974

    By Patrick Bell

    1970 to 1974 was a pivotal period in the history of the Labour Party. This book shows how the Labour Party responded to electoral defeat in 1970 and to what extent its political and policy activity in opposition was directed to the recovery of power at the following general election. At a point in…

    Hardback – 2004-08-11
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  • Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe

    Concepts of Europe and the Nation

    By Atsuko Ichijo

    'Independence in Europe', adopted by the Scottish National Party (SNP) as its core policy in 1988, has become part and parcel of contemporary Scottish nationalism. But is this not a contradiction in terms? Nationalistic logic dictates that one cannot demand independence while accepting the…

    Hardback – 2004-07-14
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  • Civil Service Commission 1855-1991

    A Bureau Biography

    By Richard A. Chapman

    The Civil Service Commision was created in 1855 and became the key institution in the development of the British civil service. Its work was primarily the recruitment of civil servants by fair methods, treating all qualified applicants equally, and using open competitions wherever practicable. It…

    Hardback – 2004-06-30
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  • The Royal Navy in the Falklands Conflict and the Gulf War

    Culture and Strategy

    By Alistair Finlan

    This book suggests that institutional culture can account for a great deal of the activities and rationale of the Royal Navy. War highlights the role of culture in military organizations and as such acts as a spotlight by which this phenomenon can be assessed seperately and then in comparison in…

    Paperback – 2004-04-21
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  • A Social History of Milton Keynes

    Middle England/Edge City

    By Mark Clapson

    Established in 1967, Milton Keynes is England's largest new city and one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the UK. It is also a suburban city, genuinely liked and appreciated by most of its citizens.For many reasons, however, Milton Keynes is misunderstood, and its valuable recent lessons are…

    Paperback – 2004-02-04
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  • Television Policies of the Labour Party 1951-2001

    By Des Freedman

    Des Freedman explores Labour's divided response to the development of commercial television in the 1950s and assesses the impact of Wilson's governments on television in the 1960s. His key argument is that Labour has always been a vigorous but ultimately unreliable advocate of television.…

    Paperback – 2003-07-14
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  • Creating the National Health Service

    Aneurin Bevan and the Medical Lords

    By Marvin Rintala

    The origins of the NHS are the subject of this study that presents evidence on the key players who participated in the founding of the system. The author also traces those who opposed the NHS.…

    Paperback – 2003-06-30
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  • The Use and Abuse of Political Asylum in Britain and Germany

    By Liza Schuster

    All European states have the legal right to grant asylum but only Germany is obliged by law to do so. Liza Schuster contributes to the asylum debate primarily in the area of comparative politics in this study of British and German policies on asylum practice.…

    Paperback – 2003-03-29
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  • Britain, Israel and the United States, 1955-1958

    Beyond Suez

    By Orna Almog

    Orna Almog examines the Anglo-Israeli relationship from 1955 to 1958 in the context of the Cold War, superpower rivalry and political upheaval in the Middle East. The author reveals how the British foreign service mistook Israeli thinking for psychological weakness and made errors of judgement.…

    Hardback – 2002-11-28
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  • Poor Health

    Social Inequality before and after the Black Report

    Edited by Virginia Berridge, Stuart Blume

    The 1980 Black Report by Sir Douglas Black has kept health inequalities at the forefront of the public health agenda. This volume explores the history and development of studies and concern over health inequalities especially in relation to the 1980 report.…

    Paperback – 2002-10-31
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  • Mass Conservatism

    The Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s

    Edited by Stuart Ball, Ian Holliday

    The papers that comprise this volume reveal how people are intent on preserving not only their wealth but culture too. The individual contributions identify the key arguments used to coax voters, whose natural sympathies might gravitate to the left, to vote for the Conservative Party en masse.…

    Paperback – 2002-10-30
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  • British Government Policy and Decolonisation, 1945-63

    Scrutinising the Official Mind

    By Frank Heinlein

    This book is an in-depth study of the importnace of the Empire-Commonwealth in the two decades after WWII for Britain's self-image as a great power. By studying a wide range of debates on general and specific imperial problems, the book highlights the "official mind" of decolonization - and of…

    Hardback – 2002-03-31
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  • Defining British Citizenship

    Empire, Commonwealth and Modern Britain

    By Rieko Karatani

    Unlike many nations Britain had not developed a national citizenship by the 20th century. Instead belonging in Britain was merely a function of allegiance to the Crown. This lack of definition was seen as beneficial. This title explores the implications of such vagueness as a new millennium begins.…

    Paperback – 2002-02-27
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  • Conservative Party Attitudes to Jews 1900-1950

    By Harry Defries

    This work examines the attitudes of the Conservative Party towards Jews in Britain, Palestine and elsewhere from 1900-1948. It aims to show how the Conservative Party in the first half of the 20th century regarded both itself and British society on the one hand, and Britain's role on the other.…

    Paperback – 2001-09-30
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  • A Life of Sir John Eldon Gorst

    Disraeli's Awkward Disciple

    By Archie Hunter

    This is the first book to tell the story of on eof the most contentious figures in Victorian and Edwardian politics: that of the independent-minded and exceptionally able Conservative politician, Sir John Eldon Gorst.…

    Hardback – 2001-08-31
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  • Reforming the Constitution

    Debates in Twentieth-Century Britain

    Edited by Peter Catterall, Wolfram Kaiser, Ulrike Walton-Jordan

    This collection takes as its subject how and why the British constitution developed during the course of the 20th century. In chapters that analyse in detail the evolution of various aspects of the constitution, this work explores debates about how the constitution ought to operate and the…

    Paperback – 2000-10-31
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  • Amateurs and Professionals in Post-War British Sport

    Edited by Dilwyn Porter, Adrian Smith

    The pressures and demands of professionalism and commercialization have transformed Britain's sports. At the end of the 20th century sports have been packaged and marketed as mass entertainment for a national or even international audience. This volume explores different facets of this phenomenon.…

    Paperback – 2000-09-28
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  • Managing Domestic Dissent in First World War Britain

    By Brock Millman

    The author argues that the way the British Government managed dissent during World War I is important for understanding the way that the war ended. He argues that a comprehensive and effective system of suppression had been developed by the war's end in 1918, with a greater level in reserve.…

    Paperback – 2000-09-28
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  • The Making of Channel 4

    Edited by Peter Catterall

    Channel 4 had been controversial for years before it came on the air in November 1982. There were debates about its role, and its programming, its relationship with the ITV companies and its regulatory body the IBA. The controversy is revisited in these articles.…

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