Britain since 1960: An Introduction by Brian Spittles

By Brian Spittles

This booklet is key studying for an individual learning a degree historical past or Sociology, British Politics, the British structure, or British stories. it's also tremendous fascinating and worthy interpreting for someone who desires to know the way Britain built after the second one global warfare to how, and what, it really is now. It treats historical past as leisure, and takes no wisdom with no consideration. All occasions and concepts are defined in traditional language, and quotations from modern newspapers provide a full of life experience of the ambience of the hot prior. The ebook covers political occasions, economics and social pursuits, charting the dynamic alterations taking place in British society because 1960.

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Whilst Conservatives thought nationalisation was wrong, socialists wanted more of it, including taking all land into public ownership - a policy so controversial it was never even seriously considered by the Cabinet. These controversies demonstrate, exemplifY, the two main attitudes to the Labour Government of 1945-50, and also to the one that followed it from 1950 to 1951 after re-election, headed by Clement Attlee: the right wing saw them as dangerously close to Soviet Communism, the left perceived them as insufficiently socialist, as too compromised with capitalism.

The action projected Macmillan in a very bad light, ruthless and self-interested. Writing of the time some years later Macmillan admitted that the manner of his action - though not its purpose, which was 'to bring some younger men into the administration' -was 'a serious error'. 4 It was certainly very bad public relations and people management. The main image of Macmillan to emerge from the episode was one of a tyrant butcher rather than a respected leader. 24 Britain since 1960 Although there were many reasons for Macmillan's wholesale reorganisation, the focusing on the shabby sacrifice of Lloyd, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, highlights the importance of the performance of the economy, which by rg62 was running into obvious difficulties.

10). This was possibly the first time a play had ever begun with a woman ironing on stage, and the shock to audiences was considerable. To some it appeared to be an insult, to others it displayed invigorating, exciting genius. The character is not dressed within fashionable theatrical convention, but in a 'grubby ... ) and wearing a man's shirt. The music of the play is specifically jazz, rather than light orchestral, and the dialogue is not concerned with cocktail parties or mild middling-class anguish, but confronts issues such as social class and political power.

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