The Attlee Governments 1945 1951

Author: Kevin Jefferys
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317898931
Release Date: 2014-01-14
Genre: History

In 1945 the Labour Government set about a major transformation of British society, Dr Jefferys's analyses the main changes and relates them to debates within the Labour party, on the nature of its aims and how best to achieve them.

Attlee s Labour Governments 1945 51

Author: Robert Pearce
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134962402
Release Date: 2006-04-07
Genre: History

The Labour governments of 1945-51 are among the most important and controversial in modern British history, and have been the focus of extensive research over the last fifteen years. In this study, Robert Pearce makes the results of this research available in a concise and accessible form, whilst encouraging students to formulate their own interpretations. He looks at the main political personalities of the period, sets their work in the context of Labour history since 1900, and examines their domestic, foreign and imperial achievements.

The Labour Governments 1945 1951 What economic and social policies were pursued and how were they put into action

Author: Claire Darquenne
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 9783638579667
Release Date: 2006-12-12
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, University of Passau, course: Proseminar "Democracy in Britain", 22 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The Labour Party is a Socialist Party, and proud of it. Its ultimate purpose at home is the establishment of the Socialist Commonwealth of Great Britain - free, democratic, efficient, progressive, publicspirited, its material resources organised in the service of the British people. (The Labour Party electoral manifesto 1945, quoted in Adelman 1986: 124) These were the words of the 1945 Labour Party election manifesto Let us Face the Future. Consequently, in the ensuing five years, everyone felt caught up in a great national experiment, the creation of a new social democratic society (cf. Webb 1989). This experiment included an extensive programme of nationalization, planning, and the establishment of the welfare state. After the landslide victory of 1945, Clement Attlee’s government wasted no time in launching a series of major policy initiatives. All of this left a profound mark on modern Britain by creating a new order (cf. Jefferys 1993: 8), an order that meant full employment, a freely accessible health service and a system of social security which improved the quality of life of the bulk of the population. At the same time, though, it was criticized. Left-wing critics attacked the government for introducing too little socialism whereas the political right claimed that the government introduced too much rather than too little socialism with its reforms. Yet in assessing Labour’s policies, however, account must be taken not only of abstract principles, but also of what was possible in the circumstances (cf. Peden 1985: 153). It is the aim of this paper, therefore, to analyse the main economic and social policies of the British post-war period in order to shed light on achievements and failures of the first Labour majority government. Was the Prime Minister right to describe his record as constituting a `revolution without tears`, or was this a lost opportunity for a more fundamental transformation of British society? (cf. Jefferys 1993: 3) This will be discussed in the conclusion. But before arriving there it is first necessary to look at the history of the British Labour Party in order to get an idea of its character and ideology which highly influenced its post-war measures. Secondly, the circumstances mentioned above have to be taken into consideration by looking at the economic and social situation in Britain after the war. [...]

The Conservative Governments 1951 1964

Author: Andrew Boxer
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman
ISBN: 0582209137
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: History

The 1950s was a period of unprecedented growth at home, but it also witnessed Britain's diminishing influence on the world stage, a growing dependence on the USA, the withdrawal from the Empire and failure to join the European Community. This book provides analysis of these events and assesses the political record of the four consecutive Conservative premierships who brought these changes about, and also looks at the divisions and disputes within the Labour party.

Adventures with Britannia

Author: William Roger Louis
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1860641156
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Great Britain

Assembling the reflections of prominent writers on the political and intellectual history of modern Britain, this book deals with a rich variety of themes, taking the reader on an excursion through British life and manners. The scope includes the personalities, politics and culture of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

British Labour and the Cold War

Author: Peter Weiler
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804714649
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Political Science

A critical examination of the labour government and trades Union Congress in the immediate postwar period, this book argues that the Cold War was not just a traditional conflict between states but also an attempt to contain the growth of radical working-class movements at home and abroad. These radical movements, stimulated by the Second World War and its aftermath, seemed to policymakers within the Labour Party and the TUC to threaten British interests. The author contends that the Labour government never seriously considered following a socialist foreign policy, but instead sought to shape political developments throughout the world in ways most conductive to maintaining Britain's traditional economic and imperial interests. The government was able to follow established policies abroad and increasingly at home at least in part because British trade union leaders supported its attempts to prevent radicals and communists from coming to power in trade union movements inside Britain and throughout the world. In so doing, the trade union movement significantly extended its links with the state, in particular by cooperating with it in the sphere of foreign and colonial labour policy.

The Weimar Republic

Author: John Hiden
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman
ISBN: UOM:39015056789087
Release Date: 1996
Genre: History

It is often assumed that the Weimar Republic was bound to fail due to the harsh terms of the Versailles Settlement. Professor Hiden dispels this simplistic view and shows that it was a complex set of factors which finally brought Hitler to power. This clear and balanced study is now fully revised - for the first time since its publication in 1974 - to take account of the latest research.

The Holocaust

Author: David Engel
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: UOM:39015056827259
Release Date: 2000
Genre: History

This text offers a concise and up-to-date introduction to the infamous event. The author examines how 5.8 million European Jews could die at the hands of the Third Reich during World War Two.

Peter the Great

Author: William Marshall
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
ISBN: 0582003555
Release Date: 1996-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

SEMINAR STUDIES IN HISTORYEdited by Roger Lockyer(Emeritus Reader in History, in the University of London)This famous series examines key themes in British, European and World history in short, succinct volumes. The text is supported by primary material in a Documents section, a full bibliography and an index; where appropriate there are maps, chronologies and glossaries. All the books in the series are written by experts in the field who are not only familiar with the latest research but have often contributed to it. Works of scholarship in their own right, the books also provide a survey of current historical interpretations. Longman has now inaugurated a major programme of renewal and expansion for Seminar Studies, with many new titles and new editions in the pipeline. Existing books are being re-presented in a larger, more reader-friendly format as they reprint; and new books and new editions are being reset into an entirely new page design. Peter the Great was an unusual man and a most unusual tsar. His reign (1682-1725) had a momentous impact on the development of modern Russia and a study of it is crucial for an understanding of Russia's development from backwater to twentie

Recovering Power

Author: Anthony Seldon
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230522411
Release Date: 2005-04-01
Genre: Political Science

The Conservative Party's periods in opposition have been of crucial importance. They have seen major changes in direction, and often been the springboard for recovering power. There have also been leadership crises and bitter divisions, and recovery was never inevitable. In the first study to examine the topic as a whole, leading authorities present new evidence and interpretations. The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the Conservative Party and of opposition in modern British politics.

Ideas and Policies Under Labour 1945 1951

Author: Martin Francis
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 0719048338
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Business & Economics

This book provides the first sustained examination of the relationship between socialist ideas and the policies of the 1945-51 Labour government.

The Renaissance

Author: Alison Brown
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: UOM:39015047700755
Release Date: 1999
Genre: History

First published in 1988, Alison Brown's The Renaissance soon established itself as one of the most popular and useful books on this complex topic. For this expanded Second Edition the author has rewritten the text entirely in the light of the wealth of literature published over the past decade. It contains two new chapters, one on the rise of lordships and the impact of the Black Death and one on Renaissance theatre. As ever, the main focus of the book is on the influence of classical ideas on Italy, and although Florence is still central to the book its uniqueness is now viewed more critically.

Poverty and Poor Law Reform in Britain

Author: David Englander
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman
ISBN: STANFORD:36105021326140
Release Date: 1998
Genre: History

The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 is one of the most important pieces of social legislation ever enacted. Its principles and the workhouse system dominated attitudes to welfare provision for the next 80 years. This new Seminar Study explores the changing ideas to poverty over this period and assesses current debates on Victorian attitudes to the poor. David Englander reviews the old system of poor relief; he considers how the New Poor Law was enacted and received and looks at how it worked in practice. The chapter on the Scottish experience will be particularly welcomed, as will Dr Englander's discussion of the place of the Poor Law within British history.