Description - No Turning Back by Paul Addison
In No Tunring Back, Paul Addison takes the long view, charting the changing character of British society since the end of the Second World War. As he shows, in this period a series of peacetime revolutions has completely transformed the country so that, with the advantage of a longer perspective, the comparative peace and growing prosperity of the second half of the twentieth century appear as more powerful solvents of settled ways of life than the Battle
of the Somme or the Blitz. This is not a story of progress pure and simple, it is a story of fundamental transformation in which much has been gained and much also lost, perhaps above
all a sense of the ties that used to bind people together. Paul Addison brings to it the personal point of view of someone who has lived through it all and seen the Britain of his youth turn into a very different country, but who in the final reckoning still prefers the present to the past.
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Oxford University Press
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Author Biography - Paul Addison
Paul Addison taught history at the University of Edinburgh from 1967 to 1996 and was Director of the Centre for Second World War Studies (now the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars) at Edinburgh from 1996 to 2005. Among his other publications are The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War (1975), Now The War Is Over: A Social History of Britain from 1945 to 1951 (1985), Churchill: The Unexpected Hero (2003) and
A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939-2000 (2005), which he edited with Harriet Jones. A former Visiting Fellow of All Souls, he is currently an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars.
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