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British Society from Churchill to Major

Staff contact: Dr S. M. Horrocks (Att.705)

After the rigours of war Britain entered the post-war era 'morally magnificent but economically bankrupt'. This module will examine the impact of World War II and the post-war settlement on British society, tracing the changes which occurred as the nation moved from the austerity of the late 1940s and early 1950s to the affluence and optimism of the 1960s, the gloom, self-doubt and stagflation of the 1970s and the roller coaster ride that was the 1980s. Throughout attention will be drawn to underlying trends of both continuity and change in social attitudes and behaviour, using a thematic as well as chronological approach to explore topics including crime, the family, leisure, work and immigration. The changing role of women in British society during this period is regarded as a key theme in this course.

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