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State and Society: A Social and Political History of Britain since 1870
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STATE AND SOCIETY: A SOCIAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN SINCE 1870

PAPERBACK BY PUGH, MARTIN (NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, UK)

£24.99

ISBN
9781474243469
IMPRINT
BLOOMSBURY ACADEMIC
 
 
EDITION
5TH REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC
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IN STOCK
FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
544 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
26 JAN 2017

DESCRIPTION

As a vigorous interpretation of political and social developments in Britain since the late-Victorian era, State and Society is one of the most respected and widely-read introductions to modern British history. Martin Pugh explores as his central theme the relationship between the British state and its citizens with characteristic skill and insight. In this new fifth edition, Pugh brings his final chapter on Crisis and Coalition right up to the result of the May 2015 general election. The text throughout has also been revised and extended to address themes such as women's history, social class, Scottish nationalism, the working of the monarchy and the British system of government, new perspectives on the history of the Labour Party, secularism and British attitudes towards Europe since the 1970s. Pugh explores these and other themes with perceptive and accessible prose, maintaining an ideal balance of socio-economic and political issues. Also including new images and annotated further reading lists, this new edition of State and Society reaffirms its position as an essential text for students of modern British history.

CONTENTS

List of Illustrations List of Tables and Figures Preface and Acknowledgements Part I The Loss of Confidence, 1870-1902 1 The Retreat of the Industrial Revolution 2 Not Quite a Democracy 3 The Victorian State and its People 4 Victorian Values: Myth and Reality 5 The British Nation: Unity and Division 6 Isolation and Expansion Part II The Reorientation: The Emergence of the Interventionist State, 1902-1918 7 The State, Social Welfare and the Economy 8 The Liberal-Labour Alliance 9 Crisis and Controversy in Edwardian Britain 10 Politics and Society in the Great War Part III The Period of Confusion: Collectivism versus Capitalism, 1918-1940 11 The Failure of Laissez-faire 12 Mass Democracy in an Age of Decline 13 The Era of Domesticity 14 Imperial Climax and Decline Part IV Consensus: The Age of the Benign State, 1940-1970 15 The People's War 16 The Keynesian Era 17 The Permissive Society 18 The Loss of Great-Power Status Part V The Era of Reaction and Decline, 1970-2011 19 The Breakdown of the Post-war Consensus, 1970-1979 20 The Era of Thatcherism 21 New Labour and the Blair Era 22 Crisis and Coalition Index