Modern British History (Part Two) - HI430

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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4 15 (7.5) DR J Anderson







The course will provide a survey of the major events, themes and historiographical debates in modern British history from the early twentieth century to the 1990s. It will examine the roles of total war, imperialism and decolonisation, social welfare legislation, the advent of mass culture in shaping the nation. Subjects to be covered will include: crisis and reform in Edwardian Britain; politics and society in the Great War; stagnation and recovery in the interwar years; appeasement; the People’s War, 1939-45; the welfare state; decolonisation; the affluent society and the politics of consensus; the end of consensus 1970-79; nationalism and devolution; Thatcher and the rolling back of the state; New Labour.


This module appears in:

Indicative reading

Peter Dorey, British Politics since 1945
Juliet Gardiner, Wartime: Britain 1939-45
Adrian Gregory, The Last Great War
P Johnson (ed.), Twentieth Century Britain: Economic, Social and Cultural Change
Ross McKibbin, Classes and Cultures: England 1918-1951
Martin Pugh, State and Society: a Social and Political History of Britain since 1870
Paul Ward, Britishness since 1870
Peter Clark, Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-1990

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