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A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain


A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain


Blackwell Companions to British History 1. Aufl.

von: Chris Wrigley

30,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.04.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9780470998816
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 608

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This Companion brings together 32 new essays by leading historians to provide a reassessment of British history in the early twentieth century. The contributors present lucid introductions to the literature and debates on major aspects of the political, social and economic history of Britain between 1900 and 1939. Examines controversial issues over the social impact of the First World War, especially on women Provides substantial coverage of changes in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as in England Includes a substantial bibliography, which will be a valuable guide to secondary sources
List of Contributors x Introduction xv Part I British Political Life 1 The Conservative Party, 1900–1939: From Crisis to Ascendancy 3 Philip Williamson 2 The Liberal Party, 1900–1939: Summit and Descent 23 Michael Bentley 3 The Politics of the Labour Movement, 1900–1939 38 Duncan Tanner 4 The Politics of National Efficiency and of War, 1900–1918 56 G. R. Searle 5 Scottish Issues in British Politics, 1900–1939 72 I. G. C. Hutchison 6 Wales and British Politics, 1900–1939 87 R. Merfyn Jones 7 Ireland and British Politics, 1900–1939 102 D. George Boyce 8 Women and Politics, 1900–1939 118 Christine Collette Part II Britain and the World 9 Immigrants, Sojourners and Refugees: Minority Groups in Britain, 1900–1939 137 Anne J. Kershen 10 British Foreign Policy, 1900–1939 152 G. H. Bennett 11 The British Armed Forces, 1900–1939 167 David French 12 The Empire, 1900–1939 182 Martin Kitchen 13 The British Economy and the Empire, 1900–1939 198 B. R. Tomlinson 14 Britain in the International Economy, 1900–1939 212 Tim Rooth 15 The State and the Economy, 1900–1939 229 M. W. Kirby Part III Social and Economic Developments 16 The City of London and British Banking, 1900–1939 249 R. C. Michie 17 Agriculture, Agrarian Society and the Countryside 270 Peter Dewey 18 Transport, 1900–1939 286 Colin Divall 19 Industry and Services: Employment and Unemployment 302 K. D. Brown 20 Industrial Relations in Britain, 1900–1939 319 Arthur J. McIvor 21 Social Structure, 1900–1939 337 Andrew Miles 22 Consumption and Consumer Behaviour 353 Sue Bowden 23 Social Welfare: Public and Private, 1900–1939 373 Keith Laybourn 24 Housing and Town Planning, 1900–1939 388 Helen Meller 25 Medicine and Public Health, 1900–1939 405 Steven Cherry 26 Education, 1900–1939 424 Roy Lowe 27 Crime, Police and Penal Policy 438 Clive Emsley 28 Leisure and Sport in Britain, 1900–1939 453 Peter J. Beck 29 Religion, 1900–1939 470 Stuart Mews 30 Culture in the Sceptr'd Isle 485 Anthony Sutcliffe 31 The Impact of the First World War 502 Chris Wrigley 32 Britishness 517 John K. Walton Bibliography of Secondary Sources 532 Index 568
"The essays are readable and accessible, and ... provide an introduction to early twentieth-century Britain for students who will benefit from the 35-page bibliography of secondary sources." Economic History Review "Wrigley's volume offers thirty-two essays on various aspects of British history between 1900 and 1939. Both the cast of contributors, and the variety of topics they cover, are impressive ... This is an excellent volume, comprising strong essays ably held together by the editor. It will be of considerable value to students and their lecturers." Andrew Thorpe, University of Exeter
Chris Wrigley was formerly the Head of the School of History and Art History and is Professor of Modern British History at Nottingham University. He has been President of the Historical Association (1996–9), Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society and Chair of the Society for the Study of Labour History. He was awarded an Honorary Litt.D. by the University of East Anglia in 1998. He was also editor of The Historian from 1993 to 1998. His previous books include David Lloyd George and the British Labour Movement (1976), Arthur Henderson (1990), Lloyd George and the Challenge of Labour (1990) and Lloyd George (1992).
This Companion brings together 32 new essays by leading historians to provide a reassessment of British history in the early twentieth century. The contributors present lucid introductions to literature and debates on major aspects of the political, social, and economic history of Britain in a period that included the First World War, political upheaval and the foundation of the welfare state, economic hardship, women’s suffrage, and dramatic social changes throughout British society. The volume examines the international role of Britain as both a world power and a European power, discussing issues of relative economic decline and the effect of the First World War on Britain’s economic status. The book also addresses controversial issues over the social impact of the First World War, especially on the position of women in work and society. There is also substantial coverage of changes in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as in England.
'The essays are readable and accessible, and ... provide an introduction to early twentieth-century Britain for students who will benefit from the 35-page bibliography of secondary sources.' Economic History Review "Wrigley's volume offers thirty-two essays on various aspects of British history between 1900 and 1939. Both the cast of contributors, and the variety of topics they cover, are impressive ... This is an excellent volume, comprising strong essays ably held together by the editor. It will be of considerable value to students and their lecturers." Andrew Thorpe, University of Exeter

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