Download e-book for kindle: A Companion to Contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 by Harriet Jones, Paul Addison

By Harriet Jones, Paul Addison

ISBN-10: 0631220402

ISBN-13: 9780631220404

A spouse to modern Britain covers the foremost topics and debates of 20th-century heritage from the outbreak of the second one global warfare to the tip of the century.

  • Assesses the effect of the second one global battle
  • Looks at Britain’s position within the wider international, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special courting’ with the us, and integration with continental Europe
  • Explores cultural concerns, corresponding to classification awareness, immigration and race kin, altering gender roles, and the impression of the mass media
  • Covers household politics and the economic system
  • Introduces the various views dominating old writing in this interval
  • Identifies the most important concerns that are prone to gasoline destiny debate

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Subsequently the coalition did produce a series of White Papers, of which the most important were those on employment policy, a National Health Service, and National Insurance, all published in 1944. There was also, contrary to Churchill’s rule, some legislation, including the Education Act of 1944, the Distribution of Industry Act of 1945, and the Family Allowances Act of 1945, but none of these preparations for the peace generated the excitement that surrounded the report. There had already been signs before Beveridge of a vaguely defined shift to the left in popular opinion.

417–18. ACB1 2/19/05 9:56 AM Page 20 20 53 54 55 56 paul addison Milward, The United Kingdom and the European Community, p. 75. Reynolds, ‘1940’, pp. 348–9. Milward, The United Kingdom and the European Community, p. 2. Pelling, Britain and the Second World War, p. 326. REFERENCES Atkinson, A. , ‘Distribution of Income and Wealth’, in A. H. Halsey and Josephine Webb, eds, Twentieth Century British Social Trends (2000). Benney, Mark, Almost a Gentleman (1966). Braybon, Gail, and Penny Summerfield, Out of the Cage: Women’s Experiences in Two World Wars (1987).

Another feature of the war economy was rapidly rising numbers of working people subject to the complex procedures for the collection of income tax. 45 Another wartime departure was the introduction in 1940 of state subsidies for the arts in the form of an annual grant to CEMA, the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts. Reconstituted as the Arts Council of Great Britain in 1945, it has remained with us ever since. The most important link between the war and the expansion of the state was the movement for social reconstruction embodied in the Beveridge Report of 1942 and reflected in the Labour victory of 1945.

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