Access to History. Britain 1945-2007 by Michael Lynch

By Michael Lynch

This identify charts the major adjustments within the social, political, and cultural improvement of england throughout this era. It appears to be like at key members all through those years, from Churchill and Wilson to Thatcher and Blair, assessing every one in their classes in workplace and charting the increase and fall of political consensus. eventually, in assessing the alterations that experience taken position, the e-book permits scholars to achieve a clearer point of view at the cultural and political Britain that they comprehend this present day. in the course of the booklet, key dates, phrases, and concerns are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined.

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He had been promised US and British loans for the construction Smack of firm government Eden had an unfortunate habit, when emphasising a point, of smacking the palm of one hand with the back of the other. It was this that the press were mocking when they accused him of being irresolute as Prime Minister. Conservative election victory: 1955 The Suez affair: 1956 Key question How did Britain become entangled in the Suez venture? Key dates A handsome man who set the hearts of Tory ladies aflutter, Anthony Eden had long been regarded as the heir apparent to Churchill as Conservative leader.

The open challenge to prescription charges encouraged those Labour MPs and members of the party who had previously swallowed their grievances to voice their doubts over the direction the government had taken over economic, welfare and foreign policy. Such divisions stimulated the Conservatives and sharpened their attacks. In such an atmosphere, another election could not be long delayed. The 1951 election was a close-run thing with the Conservatives gaining a narrow victory. It was doubtless with some relief that a weary and beleaguered Labour government left office.

Another circle should look at the election itself: Churchill’s ‘Gestapo’ gaff, poor Conservative planning, and the supposed influence on troops of the education corps. Do not forget to show interactions between these circles. Churchill may have ‘won the war’, but his party was discredited by the past and judged unable to meet the needs of the future. Labour may have had a poor pre-war record, but seemed in tune with the people in 1945. Was Conservative defeat inevitable? Was a landslide defeat inevitable?

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