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Based on a wide range of primary and secondary sources - parliamentary debates, public speeches, official papers, press reports, journal and magazine articles, memoirs, and works on history and politics - this reader addresses the momentous changes which the 20th century has brought to British life. The introductions provide historiography, and serve as a students' guide for reading, use of sources, and summary of the major themes of the period. The major themes cover political, social, cultural and economic history, and include political realignment - the rise of Labour, the decline of the Liberals, Conservative dominance, and the failure of minority parties - the expansion of the Welfare State and its problems, British industrial and economic decline, and sea-change in British culture, including the problems of racial conflict.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860642982
ISBN-10: 1860642985
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 350
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Keith Laybourn

Keith Laybourn is Professor of History at the University of Huddersfield.

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