By David Childs
As well as politics, the ebook covers an outstanding many parts of British lifestyles: crime, decolonisation, defence, the economic climate, schooling, overseas coverage, immigration and racism, the media, the monarchy, public opinion, faith, social switch, the altering place of ladies. As an extra bonus, it additionally bravely tackles occasions in Northern eire. introductory chapters take us during the interwar interval outlining either family and foreign tendencies. The conflict years are lined in additional chapters and the writer asks us to contemplate what may have occurred had Britain no longer long past to conflict in 1939. 9 chapters hint either the growth, and the extra amazing, decline of england among 1945-94. the ultimate bankruptcy discusses the explanations for decline. Twelve invaluable tables and a bibliography whole the ebook.
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On the whole, the Church of England remained politically ConseIVative, though the 'Red Dean', Hewlett Johnson of Canterbury, supported Soviet Communism, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, supported Labour. Leading Labourites Attlee, Cripps and Lansbury were 'C. '; many of their colleagues were Methodists. The majority of Methodists remained supporters of the Liberal Party; the majority of Catholics and Jews, partly as outsiders, partly because they were working-class, voted Labour.
The messages of the nominally Fabian socialists H. G. Wells and G. B. Shaw veered erratically between Communism and Fascism. John Strachey,35 Labour MP 1929-31, became well known as a Marxist theorist with his The Coming Strugglefor Power. The Left Book Club, set up by Victor Gollancz, introduced a wide spectrum of left-wing views on a wide range of subjects to a considerable readership. Oxford and Cambridge universities were the target of Soviet infiltration, both open and secret. Bright young students like Denis Healey got involved in Communist politics at this time and Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt and others got embroiled in the more sinister world of Soviet espionage.
Priestley, English Journey (1934); see also his Our Nation's Heritage (1939). 19. Noreen Branson and Margot Heinemann, Britain in the N"zneteen- Thirties (1971) p. 190. 20. Stevenson, op. , p. 110. 21. Jack Ashley, Acts if lHjiance (1992) records his personal experience of workers in 1939 being 'submissive' (p. 27). 22. 219. 23. Sidney Pollard, The Development if the British Economy, 1914-1980 (1983) p. 68. 24. , p. 69. 25. , p. 75. 26. ]. Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire (Harmondsworth, 1975) p. 242.