Twelve Days that Made Modern Britain

ISBN : 9780198831785

Andrew Hindmoor
352 Pages
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jul 2019
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This is the story of modern Britain, focusing on twelve formative days in the history of the United Kingdom over the last five decades. By describing what happened on those days and what happened because of those days, Andrew Hindmoor paints a suggestive - and to some perhaps provocative - portrait of what we have become and how we became it.

Everyone will have their own list of the truly formative moments in British history over the last five decades. The twelve days selected for this book are:


The 28th of September 1976. The day Labour Prime Minister James Callaghan renounced Keynesian economics. -

The 4th of May 1979. The day Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister. -

The 3th of March 1985. The day the miners' strike ended. -

The 20th of September 1988. The day of Margaret Thatcher's 'Bruges speech'. -

The 18th of May 1992. The day the television rights for the Premier League were sold to BskyB. - The 22nd of April 1993. The day that young black teenager Stephen Lawrence was murdered by racist thugs. -

The 10th April 1998. The day of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. -

The 11th of September 2001. The day of the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States. -

The 5th of December 2004. The day Chris Cramp and Matthew Roche became the first gay couple in the UK to become civil partners under the Civil Partnership Act. -

The 13th of September 2007. The day the BBC reported that the Northern Rock bank was in trouble. -

The 8th of May 2009. The day The Daily Telegraph began to publish details of MPs' expense claims. -

The 1st of February 2017. The day the House of Commons voted to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.


1 Introduction
2 The 28th of September 1976
3 The 4th of May 1979
4 The 3rd of March 1985
5 The 20th of September 1988
6 The 18th of May 1992
7 The 22nd of April 1993
8 The 10th of April 1998
9 The 5th of December 2004
10 The 13th of September 2007
11 The 8th of May 2009
12 The 1st of February 2017

About the author: 

Andy Hindmoor is a professor and Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is the editor of the journal Political Studies, an associate editor of New Political Economy, and is also the author of several books, including Rational Choice (Palgrave 2015, co-written with Brad Taylor) and What's Left Now? (OUP 2018). He is winner of the 2014 Harrison Prize for the best article in Political Studies, and winner of the 2015 prize for the best article published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

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