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The Myth Of Decline : The Rise of Britain Since 1945 - George L Bernstein

The Myth Of Decline

The Rise of Britain Since 1945

Paperback Published: 1st March 2004
ISBN: 9781844131020
Number Of Pages: 816

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This history of Britain since 1945 confronts two themes that have dominated British consciousness during the post- war era: the myth of decline and the pervasiveness of American influence. The political narrative is about the struggle to maintain a power that was illusory and, from 1960 on, to reverse an economic decline that was nearly as illusory. The British economy had its problems, which are fully analyzed; however, they were counterbalanced by an unparalleled prosperity. At the same time, there was a social and cultural revolution which resulted in a more exciting, dynamic society. While there was much American influence, there was no Americanization. American influences were incorporated with many others into a new and less stodgy British culture. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this groundbreaking book finds that the story of Britain since the war is marked not by decline but by progress on almost all fronts.

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List of Abbreviations
List of Tables
List of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom (since 1868)
List of Presidents of the United States (since 1933)
The Character of Declinep. 1
1945-1964, Recovery
The Hard Road to Prosperityp. 27
The Strains of Great Power Statusp. 64
The Age of Consensusp. 115
1964-1979, Crisis
Understanding Economic Declinep. 157
Economic Upheavalp. 199
Political Failurep. 229
Social Revolutionp. 275
The Culture of Elitismp. 347
Alternative Culturesp. 395
National Identitiesp. 458
1979-2001, Revival
The New Liberalismp. 525
America or Europe?p. 578
A New Consensus?p. 618
Conclusion: The Audit of Peacep. 667
Notesp. 685
Select Bibliographyp. 743
Indexp. 761
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781844131020
ISBN-10: 1844131025
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 816
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1

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