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British Politics and Society


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Social change impacts not just upon voting behaviour and party identity but also the formulation of policy. But how do social changes and political developments interact? Which shapes which? Reflecting a belief that social and political structures cannot be understood either in isolation from each other or from the historical processes which form them, this series will examine the forces that have shaped British society and culture. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, history, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.

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Windrush (1948) and Rivers of Blood (1968): Legacy and Assessment

Windrush (1948) and Rivers of Blood (1968): Legacy and Assessment

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Trevor Harris
October 31, 2019

This volume looks at Britain since 1948 – the year when the Empire Windrush brought a group of 492 hopeful Caribbean immigrants to the United Kingdom. "Post-war Britain" may still be the most common label attached to studies in contemporary British history, but the contributors to this book believe...

The Royal Navy in the Falklands Conflict and the Gulf War: Culture and Strategy

The Royal Navy in the Falklands Conflict and the Gulf War: Culture and Strategy

1st Edition

Alastair Finlan
October 12, 2017

This book suggests that institutional culture can account for a great deal of the activities and rationale of the Royal Navy. War highlights the role of culture in military organizations and as such acts as a spotlight by which this phenomenon can be assessed seperately and then in comparison in...

Civil Service Commission 1855-1991: A Bureau Biography

Civil Service Commission 1855-1991: A Bureau Biography

1st Edition

Richard A. Chapman
November 18, 2016

The Civil Service Commision was created in 1855 and became the key institution in the development of the British civil service. Its work was primarily the recruitment of civil servants by fair methods, treating all qualified applicants equally, and using open competitions wherever practicable. It...

A Life of Sir John Eldon Gorst: Disraeli's Awkward Disciple

A Life of Sir John Eldon Gorst: Disraeli's Awkward Disciple

1st Edition

Archie Hunter
August 26, 2016

This is the first book to tell the story of on eof the most contentious figures in Victorian and Edwardian politics: that of the independent-minded and exceptionally able Conservative politician, Sir John Eldon Gorst....

Britain, Israel and the United States, 1955-1958: Beyond Suez

Britain, Israel and the United States, 1955-1958: Beyond Suez

1st Edition

Orna Almog
June 20, 2016

Orna Almog examines the Anglo-Israeli relationship from 1955 to 1958 in the context of the Cold War, superpower rivalry and political upheaval in the Middle East. The author reveals how the British foreign service mistook Israeli thinking for psychological weakness and made errors of judgement....

Government, the Railways and the Modernization of Britain: Beeching's Last Trains

Government, the Railways and the Modernization of Britain: Beeching's Last Trains

1st Edition

Charles Loft
April 24, 2016

More than 40 years after its publication, the 1963 Beeching Report on British railways remains controversial for recommending the closure of a third of Britain’s railways. In this book, Charles Loft examines: why the nationalized railways were in such dire financial straits by 1963 how...

Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe: Concepts of Europe and the Nation

Scottish Nationalism and the Idea of Europe: Concepts of Europe and the Nation

1st Edition

Atsuko Ichijo
February 28, 2016

'Independence in Europe', adopted by the Scottish National Party (SNP) as its core policy in 1988, has become part and parcel of contemporary Scottish nationalism. But is this not a contradiction in terms? Nationalistic logic dictates that one cannot demand independence while accepting the...

British Government Policy and Decolonisation, 1945-63: Scrutinising the Official Mind

British Government Policy and Decolonisation, 1945-63: Scrutinising the Official Mind

1st Edition

Frank Heinlein
December 09, 2015

This book is an in-depth study of the importnace of the Empire-Commonwealth in the two decades after WWII for Britain's self-image as a great power. By studying a wide range of debates on general and specific imperial problems, the book highlights the "official mind" of decolonization - and of...

Reginald McKenna: Financier among Statesmen, 1863–1916

Reginald McKenna: Financier among Statesmen, 1863–1916

1st Edition

Martin Farr
August 12, 2015

Reginald McKenna has never been the subject of scholarly attention. This was partly due to his own preference for appearing at the periphery of events even when ostensibly at the centre, and the absence of a significant collection of private papers. This new book redresses the neglect of this...

Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics

Popular Newspapers, the Labour Party and British Politics

1st Edition

James Thomas
July 20, 2015

'IT'S THE SUN WOT WON IT', was the famous headline claim of Britain's most popular newspaper following the Conservative party's victory over Labour in the 1992 general election. The headline referred to a virulent press campaign against Neil Kinnock's Labour party, and dramatically highlighted one...

The Western European Union: International Politics Between Alliance and Integration

The Western European Union: International Politics Between Alliance and Integration

1st Edition

Sally Rohan
August 04, 2014

This full-term study of the Western European Union (WEU) brings to life the history of Europe’s search for a co-operative security and defence order, from its post World War II origins to the present day. Establishing the WEU as a support organization, designed to promote the two security "ideas"...

Pessimism and British War Policy, 1916-1918

Pessimism and British War Policy, 1916-1918

1st Edition

Brock Millman
July 17, 2014

This analysis of Britains war policy during the last years of the Great War argues that it was strongly affected by a mood of pessimism. The policy was revised after the defeats suffered by the allies in 1917, so much so that Britain almost "tumbled into peace" the following year....

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