Twentieth-Century Britain: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192853974

Kenneth O. Morgan
144 Pages
113 x 179 mm
Pub date
Aug 2000
Very Short Introductions


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  • Most comprehensive and authoritative short guide to twentieth-century Britain
  • Highly acclaimed text, first published in the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, which Kenneth Morgan edited
  • Revised and updated for this edition
  • Indispensable for students and general readers

First published as part of the best-selling The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, Kenneth Morgan's Very Short Introduction to Twentieth-Century Britain examines the forces of consensus and of conflict in twentieth-century Britain. The account covers the trauma of the First World War and the social divisions of the twenties; fierce domestic and foreign policy debates in the thirties; the impact of the Second World War for domestic transformation, popular culture and the loss of empire; the transition from the turmoil of the seventies to the aftermath of Thatcherism and the advent of New Labour. Throughout, cultural and artistic themes are woven into the analysis, along with the distinct national experiences of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. The profound tension that shook the United Kingdom are juxtaposed against equally deep forces for stability, cohesion, and a sense of historic identity.


1: The First World War
2: The twenties
3: The thirties
4: The Second World War
5: The post-war world
6: From the seventies to the nineties
7: Towards the millennium
Further reading
Prime ministers 1914-2000

About the author: 

Kenneth Morgan is Research Professor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Lecturer in Modern History, University of Oxford. He was Principal, then Vice-Chancellor, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Professor in the University of Wales, 1989-95. Also, Vice-Chancellor, then Senior Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales, 1993-95.

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