Britain since 1939: Progress and Decline by David Childs


By David Childs

As well as politics, the e-book covers a very good many parts of British lifestyles: crime, decolonisation, defence, the economic climate, schooling, international coverage, immigration and racism, the media, the monarchy, public opinion, faith, social swap, the altering place of girls. As an extra bonus, it additionally bravely tackles occasions in Northern eire. introductory chapters take us during the interwar interval outlining either family and foreign developments. The warfare years are lined in additional chapters and the writer asks us to think about what could have occurred had Britain no longer long past to struggle in 1939. 9 chapters hint either the growth, and the extra outstanding, decline of england among 1945-94. the ultimate bankruptcy discusses the explanations for decline. Twelve worthwhile tables and a bibliography whole the publication.

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All were in keeping with the optimism of the government and its view that the nation was one big family which needed to think positive and pull together to get out of the slump. Many American films, which were very popular, broadcast the same message. The British Board of Film Censors saw to it that nothing controversial, from the Establishment's point of view, got onto the screen. 4 per cent for the Liberals. Labour's score was not reflected in seats, its total going up to 154 (plus four Independent Labour Party).

They restricted Jewish immigration further and called for the partition of Palestine into aJewish state, an Arab state and an area remaining under British control (peel commission 1937, Woodhead Commission 1938). The White Paper of 1939, the work of Malcolm MacDonald, announced restrictions on Jewish land purchases, a final quota of 75,000 more Jewish immigrants over a five-year period and the setting up of self-governing institutions at the end of the five-year period. British policy satisfied few Arabs and fewer Zionists.

Charles Higham, Secret Lives if the Duchess if Windsor (1988). 33. Robert Shepherd, A Class Divided: Appeasement and the Road to Munich, 1938 (1988). 34. ]. A. Morris, Writers and Politics in Modern Britain (1977) p. 48. 22 Britain since 1939 35. Hugh Thomas, John Strac~ (1973). 36. Chapman Pincher, 7heir Trade is Treachery (1982). 37. N. Y qfGreat Britain, 1927-1941 (1985) is written from the Communist point of view. Henry Pelting, The British Communist PartY: A Histo1jcal Prqfile (1958) is a straightforward outline; see also, H.

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