Britain Since 1945
A Political History, 5th Edition
By David Childs
Routledge – 2000 – 416 pages
This is the fifth edition of what has become the standard textbook on contemporary British political history since the end of the Second World War.
The new and improved edition of this important book brings the picture to the present by including the following additions:
* a new chapter on Tony Blair's administration including analysis of the London Mayoral elections
* new material on john Major in the light of the memoirs of Major, Norman Lamont and new work on the Labour party at this time
* updated statistical data and tables
* in-depth coverage of the 1990s and the start of the twenty-first century.
This authoritative chronological survey discusses domestic policy and politics in particular, but also covers external and international relations and will doubtless be a major part of the course reading of any student of British history since 1945.
'Every politics student's dream.' Simon Henig, Sunderland University
'A readable, lucid work which many students and their teachers will find enormously helpful.' - Kenneth Morgan, Times Literary Supplement
'A full, well-organised, workmanlike and readable account.' - - Teaching History
'Professor Childs continues to adopt his relaxed and easy read approach… This book can be warmly recommended.' Talking Politics
'The clear, well organized chronological approach supported by numerous statistical tables and combined with Professor Child's lucid and readable style makes this an excellent reference book for any senior pupil studying British post-war politics.' - Jerry Teale, History Teaching Review
1. Summer Victories 2. Achievement and Austerity Under Attlee, 1945-51 3. Colonial Retreat and Cold War 4. Churchill and Eden, 1951-1957 5. Macmillan and the Affluent Society, 1957-64 6. Wilson's Attempts at Reform, 1964-70 7. The Unexpected Prime Minister: Edward Heath, 1970-74 8. Labour's Minority Governments, 1974-79 9. The Thatcher 'Revolution', 1979-83 10. Thatcher in Decline, 1983-1990 11. In Major's 'Classless Society', 1990-96 12. Blair's New Labour Experiment