Modern British History, 1914-1973
Value half unit
Taught through weekly lectures and weekly follow-up seminars
2-hour exam (50%), best one of two coursework essays (50%)
This course seeks to investigate politics, society and culture in modern Britain. The half-unit covers the sixty-year period encompassed between the outbreak of World War One in 1914 and Britain’s entry into the European Economic Community in 1973. Along the way, topics studied include the impact of two world wars upon Britain upon cultural life and gender roles, appeasement and inter-war culture, the decline of Liberalism and rise of Labour, the growth of leisure and the mass media, the foundation of the Welfare State by the post-war Labour administration led by Clement Attlee, the Festival of Britain in 1951, post-war immigration, the end of the British empire, and Britain’s engagement with the European Economic Community. Take this course to be able to understand better the complexities of modern Britain.