What is the course about?
The course considers political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Britain, 1945-1997.
What will we cover?
Britain in 1945
Labour Britain: 1945-1950
Conservative Britain 1951-1964
Austerity and Affluence: life in Britain, 1945- 1964
Wilson, Heath, Britain and ‘Europe’ Britain 1964-1976
‘…like a pendulum swings’: Britain’s cultural revolution, 1958-1973
Towards the ‘winter of discontent’: British politics and society, 1976-1979
Politics and economic policy under the Conservatives, 1979-1997
Social and cultural change in late 20th century Britain.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Have a better understanding of the nature of British politics during these years
Be more knowledgeable about the changes to the British economy
Be more familiar with certain aspects of culture and daily life.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An outline course; no previous knowledge required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal tutor input and discussion with student participation
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper for any voluntary note taking. Below is an optional reading list.
The relevant sections of:
J Black Britain since the seventies: politics and society in the consumer age
CG Brown and WH Fraser Britain since 1707
P Clarke Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000
B Harrison Finding a role?: the United Kingdom 1970-1990
B Harrison Seeking a role: the United Kingdom 1951-1970
K Morgan Britain since 1945: the people’s peace [2nd edition]
M Pugh Britain since 1789
A Rosen The transformation of British life, 1950-2000: a social history.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH08 20th Century Britain: from empire to commonwealth.