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A vigorous interpretation of political and social developments in Britain since the late-Victorian era, 'State and Society' is one of the most respected and widely read introductions to modern British history. In it, Pugh explores, as his central theme, the relationship between the British state and its citizens with characteristic skill and insight. In this new edition, the text is extended to cover the premiership of Tony Blair, from his election in 1997 to his departure a decade later. Pugh examines Blair's legacy, looking at issues such as electoral reform, the idea of a British presidency, enivironmentalism, the Iraq War, civil liberties and national identity. In addition, existing chapters have been fully revised to reflect recent developments in historical thinking and restructured to highlight key themes.Additional material includes increased coverage of the role of female campaigners before the suffragettes, popular attitudes to the welfare state, a re-evalution of the General Strike of 1926, the importance of the British monarchy and the the 1936 Abdication crisis, the build up to the post-1945 Labour electoral success, the rising standard of living, including the growth in holiday travel and car ownership and a new chapter charting the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher and a detailed analysis of her legacy. This new, thoroughly updated edition is essential reading for all students of British history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780340966891
ISBN-10: 0340966890
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Hodder Arnold
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 30-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Martin Pugh

MARTIN PUGH was Professor of British History at Newcastle University and Research Professor in History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the advisory panel of the BBC History Magazine, and the author of over twelve books on nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. A well-known academic and writer on modern British history, his previous publications include Women and the Women's Movement in Britain 1914-1959, A Companion to Modern European History 1871-1945, The Pankhursts: The History of One Radical Family, Speak for Britain: A New History of the Labour Party and We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars.

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