Britain since 1945 : a political history /

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Main Author: Childs, David, 1933-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:London ; New York : Routledge, 1997.
Edition:4th ed.
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Table of Contents:
  • List of Tables
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Note and acknowledgements to the second edition
  • Acknowledgements to the third edition
  • Acknowledgements to the fourth edition
  • Acknowledgements to the fifth edition
  • List of Abbreviations
  • 1. Summer Victories
  • Japanese to 'fight resolutely'
  • Churchill's defeat
  • 'Incredulity' as Conservatives lose
  • Attlee's team: 'These fine men'
  • Attlee: 'One of the best Chairmen'
  • Britain: 'it won't be easy'
  • Notes
  • 2. Achievement and Austerity Under Attlee, 1945-51
  • Britain being 'flayed to the bone'
  • American loan: 'This was a disaster'
  • Public ownership: 'I've waited all my life for this moment'
  • National Insurance: a 'paltry sum'
  • The NHS: 'vested interests lined up'
  • Housing and education: 'hands were tied'
  • Constitutional and trade union reform
  • RAF: 'incitement to mutiny'
  • Conservatives get 'best salesman'
  • Election 1950: 'real detestation of ... Labour'
  • Notes
  • 3. Colonial Retreat and Cold War
  • Paul Robeson congratulates
  • Indian Independence: 'struck me ... with a riding whip'
  • Palestine: 'Arabs be encouraged to move out'
  • Colonies: 'under the guidance of the Mother Country'
  • War in Malaya
  • Cold War: 'magnates ... who financed Hitler'
  • Marshall Aid and NATO
  • Korea: as 'democratic ... as Caligula's Rome'
  • Iran: 'proud and subtle a people'
  • Election '51: after 'exhausting and undignified process'
  • Decline of socialism: 'some form of Gestapo'
  • Notes
  • 4. Churchill and Eden, 1951-57
  • 'Our future ... little better than a German satellite'
  • Churchill's Cabinet: 'reminiscent of bygone times'
  • The Bevanites: 'complacent assumptions'
  • Eden: 'high order of intelligence'
  • 1955: 'first of the electioneering Budgets'
  • Gaitskell's 'great talent and firm loyalty'
  • ITV: 'For the sake of our children ... resist it'
  • Cinema and the press
  • Europe: 'Much ado about nothing'
  • Suez 1956: 'That does amount to a lie'
  • Notes
  • 5. Macmillan and the Affluent Society, 1957-64
  • Macmillan: 'more cousins and less opposition'
  • Macmillan: 'capable of being ruthless'
  • Cyprus: 'no question of any change'
  • Economy: 'like bicycling along a tightrope'
  • 'Nonsense ... that our trade unions ... are irresponsible'
  • 'Most of our people have never had it so good'
  • Russians in space: 'frivolity' of the British
  • Kenya: Hola camp 'sub-human individuals'
  • Africa: 'The wind of change is blowing'
  • Kuwait: 'expensive to stay; hard to get out'
  • Aden: 'Tolpuddle martyrs of the Middle East'
  • 'Socialism that dares not is bound to fail'
  • H-bomb: 'naked into the conference chamber'
  • New Left: a 'sense of outrage'
  • Labour's 'class image'
  • 'Pacifists, unilateralists and fellow-travellers'
  • EEC: 'the end of a thousand years of history'
  • EEC: 'No three cheers for British entry'
  • Economic troubles: the 'guiding light'
  • Mac the knife's 'July massacre'
  • 'Speculators ... holding the community to ransom'
  • Profumo: 'tawdry cynicism'
  • Home premier: 'bad joke of democracy'
  • Britain: 'relegated to ... third class'?
  • Children: 'if they believe they're second class'
  • The public schools: 'a divisive factor'
  • Wilson: 'Let's GO with Labour'
  • Kennedy shot: 'I didn't believe it'
  • Election '64: 'things might start slipping'
  • Notes
  • 6. Wilson's Attempts at Reform, 1964-70
  • '... the news from Moscow'
  • Wilson: 'a modern counterpart of Richard III'
  • Civil Service: 'excessive power'
  • Labour: 'treated as ships passing in the night'
  • Sterling: 'a symbol of national pride'
  • Brown at the DEA
  • Defence: 'They want us with them'
  • Technology: Britain's 'inability to stay in the big league'
  • Rhodesia: 'her conscience has haunted him'
  • Heath replaces Home: 'no gratitude in politics'
  • Wilson's 1966 victory: timing 'was faultless'
  • 'Labour Government is really finished'
  • Crisis, 1966: 'the frailty of a Chancellor's hopes'
  • IRC: 'a kind of government-sponsored merchant bank'
  • Rhodesia: 'round and round in circles'
  • War in Nigeria
  • Anguilla: 'mock-gunboat diplomacy'
  • EEC: 'get us in, so we can take the lead'
  • Devaluation: 'the money in our pockets'
  • Industrial relations: 'committing political suicide'?
  • Cutting Defence: 'we were all dogs'
  • A 'post-midnight' Privy Council
  • Student protests: 'nasty touch of authoritarianism'
  • Immigration: this 'distasteful necessity'
  • Powell: 'a nation ... heaping up its own funeral pyre'
  • Northern Ireland: 'Blatant discrimination'
  • Commons 'spellbound'
  • Lords 'frustrate ... elected Government'
  • David Steel: 'exceptional courage'
  • Election '70: 'exquisite June morning'
  • Notes
  • 7. The Unexpected Prime Minister: Edward Heath, 1970-74
  • Downing Street: 'The shutters were fastened'
  • 'Restrict provision to ... where it is more efficient'
  • Industrial relations: 'all hell will be let loose'
  • Local government reform: 'expense ... not adequately faced'
  • Corruption: 'no option but to resign'
  • NHS: Joseph's 'administrative labyrinth'
  • Northern Ireland: 'severe discrimination'
  • Immigration: 'only in ... special cases'
  • EEC: 'something to get us going again'
  • Oil crisis: 'Danegeld is Danegeld'
  • Miners' strike: 'it looked as if we were not interested'
  • Election '74: Powell--'vote Labour'
  • Notes
  • 8. Labour's Minority Governments, 1974-79
  • Wilson's Cabinet: 'buoyant atmosphere'
  • Northern Ireland: 'considering ... total withdrawal'
  • Election October '74: 'fighting like hell'
  • Thatcher: 'shattering blow ... to ... Conservative establishment'
  • A decade of women's liberation
  • EEC referendum: Wilson fought 'like a tiger'
  • Industry: 'The gap gets wider each year'
  • Wilson goes: 'astonished Cabinet'
  • Steel: 'quiet exterior ... determined man'
  • Crime: 'violence ... a natural aspect of society'
  • Northern Ireland: 'hope to a tragic community'
  • Bullock: 'more thoughtful ... management'
  • Pay policy: 'ankle-deep in muck and slime'
  • Devolution referenda: 'the valleys were deaf'
  • Election '79: 'cradled a calf in my arms'
  • Notes
  • 9. Thatcher's 'Revolution', 1979-83
  • Thatcher's Cabinet: no 'experience of running a whelk-stall'
  • Thatcherism: 'money ... opens ... astonishing range of choice'
  • Budget '79: 'an enormous shock'
  • Thatcher: 'Je ne l'aime'
  • Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: 'the large gamble'
  • Thatcher: 'loathed the trade unions'
  • Labour: 'an angry conference'
  • SDP: 'the choice ... will be deeply painful'
  • Thatcher: 'I too became extremely angry'
  • 'Why Britain Burns'
  • The Falklands: 'picking up the remains ... in plastic bags'
  • Election '83: 'longest suicide note in history'
  • Notes
  • 10. Thatcher: Triumph and Fall, 1983-90
  • Grenada: government 'humiliated'
  • Scargill: 'northern clubland humour and popularist Socialism'
  • MI5 'controls the hiring and firing of BBC staff'
  • 1985: 'government by slogan'
  • The Anglo-Irish Agreement: 'treachery'
  • Privatization: 'selling off the family silver'
  • Confusion on defence
  • Thatcher's hat-trick
  • BBC: 'lack of balance'?
  • 'Greed is good'
  • 'Black Monday' 1987
  • Rushdie: 'prisoner in his own country'
  • Football hooliganism
  • Prison riots/convictions 'flawed'
  • Educational reform: 'lecturers' pay ... buys less'
  • NHS: 'terminally ill'?
  • IRA: 'those killed ... not ... carrying arms'
  • Goodbye SDP
  • 'Disaster of the poll-tax'
  • 'Some ... identikit European personality'
  • Thatcher's last Cabinet
  • Thatcher's fall: 'Few ... spared a moment to regret'
  • Notes
  • 11. In Major's 'Classless Society', 1990-96
  • John Major: 'Cabinet no longer ... confrontation'
  • War in the Gulf
  • Maastricht: Britain 'at the heart of Europe'?
  • Election 1992: Major defies the odds
  • Euro '94: Labour's new hopes
  • Literature: 'over 8,000 novels'
  • 'It's all over for England'
  • Clinton in Ireland: 'making a miracle'
  • Mad cows and Englishmen
  • Conservatives' war: 'put up or shut up'
  • Bosnia: 'Hell's kitchen was cooking'
  • Changing Britain
  • Lottery fever
  • The 'sleaze factor'
  • Monarchy in crisis
  • Farewell to Castlemartin
  • Former ministers: 'Shamelessness of this move ...'
  • New Labour: 'Pledge to Rich'
  • 'From inequitable to inhuman'
  • Election '97: 'Deep national impatience'
  • Results: 'A tidal wave ...' over the Conservatives
  • Notes
  • 12. Blair's New Labour Experiment
  • Blair's Cabinet
  • Hague: Conservative leader
  • Liberal Democrats: Ashdown goes
  • Decline of political interest?
  • Coming out
  • Taskforces: 'A much wider source of advice'?
  • Devolution and constitutional change
  • The Lords reformed
  • Not in Euroland
  • Conflict in Kosovo
  • Navy: 'Overcommitted ... and undermanned'
  • 'SAS train anti-fraud officers'
  • Long negotiations in Northern Ireland
  • Universities: 'Increasingly ... global'
  • Primary education
  • NHS: 'Steadily to deteriorate'?
  • Wealth and social justice
  • Privatization and safety
  • In foreign hands
  • Racism in police
  • Celebrating the millennium
  • Women 2000
  • Lonely Britain?
  • Conservative Party problems continue
  • Blair cult
  • London: 'Dangerous buffoon' beats party machines
  • Notes
  • Appendix. Tables
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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