A Companion to Contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 (Blackwell by Paul Addison, Harriet Jones

By Paul Addison, Harriet Jones

A significant other to modern Britain covers the most important topics and debates of 20th-century heritage from the outbreak of the second one global warfare to the tip of the century. Assesses the effect of the second one global battle seems to be at Britain’s position within the wider global, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special dating’ with the us, and integration with continental Europe Explores cultural matters, equivalent to type realization, immigration and race family, altering gender roles, and the impression of the mass media Covers family politics and the financial system Introduces the numerous views dominating ancient writing in this interval Identifies the most important concerns that are more likely to gasoline destiny debate

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The Strath Report fundamentally changed the nature of civil defence planning. The only way to achieve any degree of protection from a thermonuclear attack, it reasoned, was by mass evacuation of the population away from target areas and into deep underground bunkers. In reality, the cost of doing this in any meaningful way was prohibitive, and government planning for the thermonuclear apocalypse came to concentrate on the evacuation of a small number of officials into 12 regional shelters, from which a post-nuclear military government could be run.

This was probably due to an almost universal belief in the justice and necessity of the war. 43 The Second World War also tended to undermine nationalism by restoring jobs and prosperity to the previously depressed areas of Scotland and Wales, a pattern maintained after 1945 by policies for the promotion of employment in the regions. The sectarian rivalries and competing nationalisms of Northern Ireland, which continued to be governed as a one-party state by a Unionist government, made it a very different case.

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