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United Kingdom

Bingham, Adrian

Polity Histories

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1. Edition September 2022
256 Pages, Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-3755-6
John Wiley & Sons

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The United Kingdom has been at the heart of global history for centuries - as a conqueror, an engine of international trade, and a symbol of modernity. It was the first industrial nation, the centre of the world's biggest empire, and the home of an enduring and influential parliamentary democracy. Since 1945, the UK has faced unprecedented challenges as it has come to terms with the loss of great power status, the surrender of its colonial territories, the decline of its staple industries, and growing pressures threatening to tear apart the union holding together England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

In this book, Adrian Bingham guides readers through the key developments in British post-war history to reveal how the nation was shaped by the legacies and lessons of the past. The UK has become a more diverse, pluralistic, and mobile society, but it remains one struggling to come to terms with its changed position in the world, and unable to reach consensus around a vision for the future.

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The United Kingdom has been at the heart of global history for centuries - as a conqueror, an engine of international trade, and a symbol of modernity. It was the first industrial nation, the centre of the world's biggest empire, and the home of an enduring and influential parliamentary democracy. Since 1945, the UK has faced unprecedented challenges as it has come to terms with the loss of great power status, the surrender of its colonial territories, the decline of its staple industries, and growing pressures threatening to tear apart the union holding together England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

In this book, Adrian Bingham guides readers through the key developments in British post-war history to reveal how the nation was shaped by the legacies and lessons of the past. The UK has become a more diverse, pluralistic, and mobile society, but it remains one struggling to come to terms with its changed position in the world, and unable to reach consensus around a vision for the future.

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Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: Seeking a Role

Chapter 2: The Pursuit of Economic Growth

Chapter 3: From Cradle to Grave

Chapter 4: A Disunited Kingdom?

Chapter 5: People Power

Chapter 6: Looking after Number 1

Afterword

Further Reading

Notes
"A perfect way into the multi-layered history of the UK since 1945."
Matthew Worley, University of Reading

"A thoughtful and invigorating reassessment of a crucial period of UK history. A thoroughly enjoyable read - highly recommended."
Richard Toye, University of Exeter

"A valuable and wide-ranging study of the UK after 1945, showing how often the struggle to shape its future has been determined by arguments about its past."
Robert Saunders, Queen Mary University of London
Adrian Bingham is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Sheffield and has written extensively on the popular press, gender and sexuality. He is co-editor of the journal Gender & History and a Senior Associate of History and Policy.