Finding a Role?: The United Kingdom 1970-1990

Paperback | September 30, 2011

byBrian Harrison

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In 1970 the 'cold war' was still cold, Northern Ireland's troubles were escalating, the UK's relations with the EEC were unclear, and corporatist approaches to the economy precariously persisted. By 1990 Communism was crumbling world-wide, Thatcher's economic revolution had occurred, terrorismin Northern Ireland was waning, 'multi-culturalism' was in place, family structures were changing fast, and British political institutions had become controversial. Seven analytic chapters pursue these changes and accumulate rich detail on changes in international relations, landscape and townscape, social framework, family and welfare structures, economic policies and realities, intellect and culture, politics and government. The concluding chapter rangeschronologically even more widely to bring out the interaction of past and present, then asks how far the UK had by 1990 identified its world role. Like Harrison's Seeking a Role: The United Kingdom 1951-1970 (2009) - the immediately preceding volume in this series - Finding a Role? includes a fullchronological table and an ample index of names and themes. This, the first thorough, wide-ranging, and synoptic study of the UK so far published on this period, has two overriding aims: to show how British institutions evolved, but also to illuminate changes in the British people: their hopes and fears, values and enjoyments, failures and achievements. Ittherefore equips its readers to understand events since 1990, and so to decide for themselves where the UK should now be going.

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In 1970 the 'cold war' was still cold, Northern Ireland's troubles were escalating, the UK's relations with the EEC were unclear, and corporatist approaches to the economy precariously persisted. By 1990 Communism was crumbling world-wide, Thatcher's economic revolution had occurred, terrorismin Northern Ireland was waning, 'multi-cult...

Brian Harrison is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.46 inPublished:September 30, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The United Kingdom and the World2. The Face of the Country3. The Social Structure4. Family and Welfare5. Industry and Commerce6. Intellect and Culture7. Politics and Government8. Retrospect and ProspectChronology of EventsBibliographyIndex

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`A sweeping assessment of British history... Comprehensive and thorough...the definitive starting point for any student or academic wishing to engage with this complex and fascinating period.' LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies