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Britain since 1939 (2nd Edition)

Progress and Decline

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Red Globe Press

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British Studies Series

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05 December 2001

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In this thoroughly revised 2nd edition, David Childs gives a detailed account of political, social and economic developments since 1919, including the impact of the Second World War, Britain's often neglected last days as an...

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In this thoroughly revised 2nd edition, David Childs gives a detailed account of political, social and economic developments since 1919, including the impact of the Second World War, Britain's often neglected last days as an Empire- India, Palestine, Kenya, Cyprus and elsewhere are covered, necessary background for an understanding of Britain today.The decline of the Conservatives and the Blair experience are also covered at length, and a sketch of Ireland from the Free State to today's prosperous Republic is included. Biographical materials and interviews enliven the text.Mention is made of the discussion on decline at various points in British history, but Childs concludes that although Britain faces very serious problems, its people are better off than ever before in terms of prosperity and personal freedom.

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Deals seriously with the long neglected subject of Ireland in the context of a general history of Britain
Also includes aspects of Britain's withdrawal from the Empire not often covered
For this 2nd edition, each chapter contains new material, with a new chapter on Blair's first term, and a totally revised chapter on Major which benefits from recently published biographies and interviews

Introduction
Interwar Britain, 1919-39
Britain and the World, 1919-39
Britain at War, 1939-41
From European War to World War and Victory, 1941-45
Britain under Attlee, 1945-51
From Churchill to Macmillan, 1951-60
Conservatives on the Run, 1961-64
Harold Wilson at the Helm, 1964-70
Trouble and Strife, 1970-74
Trouble and Strife, 1974-79
The Thatcher Era, 1979-87
Thatcher in Decline, 1987-90
Major's Avalanche of Problems
New Labour in Office
Appendix
Selected Bibliography
Index.

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DAVID CHILDS is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Nottingham University and is author of the standard work Britain Since 1945: A Political History, The Fall Of The GDR and other works on Britain and Germany. He writes for The Independent and other publications.

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DAVID CHILDS is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Nottingham University and is author of the standard work Britain Since 1945: A Political History, The Fall Of The GDR and other works on Britain and Germany. He writes for The Independent and other publications.

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