Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace

Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace Britain Since The People S Peace Is The First Comprehensive Study By A Professional Historian Of British History From To The Present Day It Examines The Transformation Of Post War Britain From The Planning Enthusiasm Of To The Rise Of New Labour Its Themes Include The Troubles Of The British Economy Public Criticism Of The Legitimacy Of The State And Its Instruments Of Authority The Co Existence Of Growing Personal Prosperity With Widespread Social Inequality And The Debates Aroused By Decolonization, And Britain S Relationship To The Commonwealth, The US And Europe Changes In Cultural Life, From The Puritanical Austerity Of The S, Through The Permissiveness Of The S, To The Tensions And Achievements Of Recent Years Are Also ChartedUsing A Wide Variety Of Sources, Including The Records Of Political Parties And The Most Recently Released Documents From The Public Records Office, Kenneth Morgan Brings The Story Right Up To Date And Draws Comparisons With The Post War History Of Other Nations This Penetrating Analysis By A Leading Twentieth Century Historian Will Prove Invaluable To Anyone Interested In The Development Of The Britain Of Today

Kenneth O Morgan, Research Professor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Honorary Fellow, Queen s College, Oxford.

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  • Paperback
  • 648 pages
  • Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace
  • Kenneth O. Morgan
  • English
  • 11 November 2019
  • 9780192802255

10 thoughts on “Britain Since 1945: The People's Peace

  1. says:

    If you d like to get up to date on recent British history don t buy this book Although the title suggests otherwise, Morgan ends his history of Britain in 1989 That having been said, if you want to read all about the history of Britain between 1945 and 1989, The People s Peace is a good starting point.As can always be expected of history textbooks, you would need to read and reread each chapter carefully to grasp the complex network of political players, parties and institutions at work in post war Britain Morgan, however, guides the reader by splitting nearly each chapter into separate parts for foreign and economic policy, as well as a conclusion look out, there are no sub headings As this is the first book I have read on that part of British history, I cannot say much on how Morgan aligns with other historians in his views of post war politics he certainly gives a lot of attention to the general area of structural economic weakness, to the point that you might think Britain didn t go through periods of enormous growth since WWII it did Another focus of the book is Britain s diminishing role in international politics and the sometimes humiliating process of realising that the Empire is gone forever Morgan is too favourable, in my opinion, claiming that on the whole British decolonialisation policy was successfull and helpful remember sectarian violence in India He also could have put focus on the role of women and minorities, though that probably involved a explicit decision not too get lost in the waters of sociology, focusing instead on the economic and foreign policy dramas that British history so readily provides.If you are interested in British history, willing to commit 500 pages of your reading time to it and not easily moved by gloomy accounts of recessions and general economic hardships, go ahead and read The People s Peace Only keep in mind that, given the time that the book encompasses, it might also have been called The Decline and Fall of the British Empire

  2. says:

    Fluid, neutral and interesting but for someone interested in the economic history of the country this could be a disappointment The figures for employment, debt or trade that helped define policies are served plain without enough details of the problems that arose at the time The book is essentially a political history from the view of each prime minister in the post war period till 1989 It reads like biographies woven together with changing political climate Although neither the title nor the intro of the book makes any pretensions of it being an economic history, I feel that a richer socio economic analysis of the past is relevant to modern history writing.

  3. says:

    The book is essentially one about Britain in itself and not the British Empire so you d expect to have a lot of information regarding the post WWII history of mainly England and to an extent Scotland, Ireland Northern Ireland and Wales The book focuses on the economic and political history, and is strongest on the writings regarding 1970s and 1980s The side that it s lacking is on the socio cultural history of Britain Still, it is a very detailed book and a good introduction to people who want to read about post war Britain in a whole

  4. says:

    Very good review of the history of post war Britain Not too Anglocentric the author is Welsh, after all , though this is not really a history from a British perspective, I feel Largely driven by political and economic narratives, it does nonetheless pay a bit than lip service to cultural and social developments The major problem is that this is a book which has been extended as time has progressed the first part is stronger than the second.

  5. says:

    My qualm is that it is unorganized It might be chronological, but that hurts when discussing events and themes I would prefer a thematic arrangement.It also focuses excessively on politics That is satisfactory, but there needs to be on social and cultural features of society.

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