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State and Society By Martin Pugh

State and Society
by Martin Pugh

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This volume aims to explain the development of both political and social changes in British society between the late-Victorian era and the 1990s. Its guiding theme is the relationship between the British state and its citizens during this period.
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State and Society: British Political and Social History, 1870-1992 by Martin Pugh

This volume aims to explain the development of both political and social changes in British society between the late-Victorian era and the 1990s. Its guiding theme is the relationship between the British state and its citizens during this period. The extent to which negative "Victorian" ideas about government began to be undermined while Queen Victoria was on the throne are examined and emphasis is given to the Edwardian period as a turning-point in the emergence of a more positive view of the state. The Great War stimulated changes in the short-run, but provoked a reaction against change in the longer term, and "laissez-faire" became less attainable or desirable between the wars as Britain suffered economic decline and political upheaval. The emergence of a phase of consensus in political, social and economic affairs in the aftermath of World War II and the persistence of that consensus up to the mid-1970s, is a complex phenomenon that receives thorough examination - as do the reasons for the breakdown of post-war policies, in a society in full retreat from great power status, and the attempts since 1979 to return to a state of "Victorian" proportions.

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Table of Contents


PART 1: The Loss of Confidence 1870-1902. The Retreat of the Industrial Revolution. Not Quite a Democracy. The Victorian State and its People. Victorian Values: Myth and Reality. The British Nation: Unity and Division. Isolation and Expansion. PART 11: The Re-orientation: The Emergence of the Interventionist State 1902-1918. The State, Social Welfare and the Economy. The Liberal-Labour Alliance. Crisis and Controversy in Edwardian Britain. Politics and Society in the Great War. PART III: The Period of Confusion: Collectivism Versus Capitalism 1918-1940. The Failure of Laissez-faire. Mass Democracy in an Age of Decline. The Era of Domesticity. Imperial Climax and Decline. PART IV: Consensus: The Age of the Benign State 1940-1970. The People's War. The Keynesian Era. The Permissive Society. The Loss of Great Power Status. PART V: The Era of Reaction and Decline 1970-1992. The Breakdown of the Post-War Consensus 1970-79. The Era of Thatcherism. The Downfall of Thatcherism. EPILOGUE: The Management of Britain's Decline.

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GOR001392118
State and Society: British Political and Social History, 1870-1992 by Martin Pugh
Martin Pugh
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Hodder Arnold
1994-01-20
320
0340507101
9780340507100
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