General Editor's Preface. (Anthony Seldon).
Foreword. (The Hon. Raymond G. H. Seitz).
Part I: Government and Politics.
1. Foreign and Defence Policy. (Christopher Coker).
2. The Constitution, Government and Parliament. (Simon James).
3. The Political Parties. (Alan Sked).
4. From Commonwealth to European Integration. (Jonathan Hollowell).
5. Scotland: Cultural Base and Economic Catalysts. (James Mitchell) 6. Wales since 1945. (Kenneth Morgan).
7. Northern Ireland since 1945. (Henry Patterson).
8. The Currents of Political Thought. (Roger Eatwell).
9. The Civil Service. (Keith Dowding).
10. Local Government. (Nirmala Rao).
11. The Media. (Michael Bromley).
Part II: Society.
12. Social Trends, Structures, Values and Behaviour. (Arthur Marwick).
13. Women and Social Change 1945-1995. (Jane Lewis).
14. Cultural Change. (Jim McGuigan).
15. Education. (Anthony Heath).
16. Race Relations. (Shamit Saggar).
17. Health and Health Care. (Ray Fitzpatrick, Rebecca Surender and Tarani Chandola).
18. Science and Information Technology. (Jon Agar).
19. Pressure Groups. (Wyn Grant).
Part III: Economy.
20. Economic Policy. (Stephen Broadberry).
21. Employment and the Labour Market. (Duncan Gallie).
22. Industrial and Labour Relations. (Chris Wrigley).
23. Welfare State since 1945. (Helen Fawcett).
"This excellent volume puts the post-war British experience in perspective. The chapters, which include an elegant introduction by Raymond Seitz, and a comprehensive essay on Europe by Jonathan Hollowell, cover all aspects of British life since 1945. This volume, with its helpful suggestions for further reading, is a valuable addition to the field." Norman Stone, Bilkent University
"Jonathan Hollowell has brought together an important and user-friendly collection of essays on the major facets of British history in the second half of the twentieth century. In their detail and in the range of issues discussed, there is no book like it. The essays, their suggestions for readings, and chronologies, will be indispensable aids to students at all levels who wish to explore the peculiarities of the British. This is synthetic history of a very high order indeed." Jay Winter, Yale University
"A comprehensive survey of British politics and society over the last half century... I shall of course include this remarkable book in the list of recommended readings for students of British politics and society at this university." Jean-Claude Sergeant, The University of Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle
- A comprehensive and fascinating introduction to Britain from the end of the Second World War.
- Draws together the themes that have dominated discussion amongst scholars and media commentators.
- The chapters are set in context with a foreword by Raymond Seitz.
- Covers topics such as foreign policy, political parties, the media, race relations, women and social change, science and IT, culture, industrial relations, the welfare state, and political and economic issues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.