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HIST2291 - Module Reading List

20th Century Britain: Progress and Uncertainty 1945-1990, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Alan Macleod
a.macleod@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General Readings

These readings provide effective general coverage of the module. 

Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds), A Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939-2000 (Chichester, 2005). Available as an e-book.

Kathleen Burke (ed), The British Isles since 1945 ISBN: 0199248389 (pbk.) : No price; 0198731809 (Oxford, 2003). 

Francesca Carnevali and Julie-Marie Strange (eds), 20th Century Britain: Economic, Cultural and Social Change ISBN: 0582772877 (pbk.) : £21.99; 9780582772878 (pbk.) : £21.99 ISBN: 0582228174 (pbk), 2nd edition (Harlow, 2007), especially chapters in Part 3.

Peter Clarke, Hope and glory : Britain 1900-2000 ISBN: 0141011750, 2nd edition (London, 2004).

Peter Hennessy, The secret state : preparing for the worst 1945-2010 ISBN: 9780141044699 (pbk.) : £10.99; 0141044691 (pbk.) : £10.99, 2nd edition (London, 2010), especially on the Cold War and the nuclear threat. Available as an e-book.

Kenneth O. Morgan, The people's peace : British history 1945-1989 ISBN: 0198227647 (v. 1 : alk. paper) (Oxford, 1990).

Martin Pugh, State and Society: A Social and Political History of Britain since 1870, 3rd edition (London, 2008).

Seminar 1: Debating decline.

Required reading:

Jim Tomlinson, ‘Thrice Denied: “Declinism” as a Recurrent Theme in British History in the Long Twentieth Century’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 20:2 (2009), pp. 227–251.

Further readings:

Jim Tomlinson, ‘De-industrialisation Not Decline: A New Meta-narrative for Post-war British History’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 27:1 (2016), pp. 76–99.

Jim Tomlinson, ‘The Decline of the Empire and the Economic “Decline” of Britain’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 14:3 (2003), pp. 201–221.

Matthew Grant, ‘Historians, the Penguin Specials and the “State-of-the-Nation” Literature, 1958–64’, Contemporary British history, 17:3 (2003), pp. 29–54. 

Correlli Barnett, The Audit of War: The Illusion and Reality of Britain as a Great Nation (London: Papermac, 1987 and later editions).

Correlli Barnett, The Lost Victory: British Dreams, British Realities, 1945–1950 (London: Pan, 2001).

Geoffrey Fry, The Politics of Decline. An Interpretation of British Politics from the 1940s to the 1970s (Basingstoke, 2005), Chapters 8-11. Available as e-book. 

Brian Harrison, Seeking a Role: the United Kingdom 1951-70 (Oxford, 2009), Chapter 8, ‘Politics and Government’. Available as e-book.

Kenneth O. Morgan, The People’s Peace: British History ISBN: 0198227647 (v. 1 : alk. paper) 1945-1989 (Oxford, 1990).

Seminar 2: Britain and the bomb.

Required readings:

Matthew Grant, “Civil defence gives meaning to your leisure”: Citizenship, participation, and cultural change in Cold War recruitment propaganda, 1949–54’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 22:1 (2011), pp. 52–78. 

Mark Phythian, ‘CND’s Cold War’, Contemporary British history, 15:3 (2001), pp. 133–156.

Christopher R. Hill, ‘Nations of Peace: Nuclear Disarmament and the Making of National Identity in Scotland and Wales’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 27:1 (2016), pp. 26–50. 

Jodi Burkett, ‘Re-defining British morality: “Britishness” and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament 1958–68’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 21:2 (2010), pp. 184–205.

Further readings: 

James Stafford, ‘“Stay at home”: The politics of nuclear civil defence, 1968–83’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 23:3 (2012), 383–407.

Harriet Jones, ‘The Impact of the Cold War’, in Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds), A Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939–2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 23–41. 

Christoph Laucht & Martin Johnes, ‘Resist and survive: Welsh protests and the British nuclear state in the 1980s’, Contemporary British history, pre-published online, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2018.1519423.

Hazel A. Atashroo, ‘Weaponising peace: the Greater London Council, cultural policy and “GLC peace year 1983”, Contemporary British history, pre-published online, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1080/13619462.2018.1519420.

Peter Hennessy, The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2009, ‘ “Inescapable, Necessary and Lunatic”: Whitehall’s Transition-to-war Planning for the Third World War’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 21:2 (2010), pp. 206–224. 

Peter Hennessy, The Secret State. Preparing for the Worst ISBN: 9780141044699 (pbk.) : £10.99; 0141044691 (pbk.) : £10.99 1945–2010, 2nd edition (London: Penguin, 2010).

Simon Ball, ‘British defence policy’ in Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds), A Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939–2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), 539–555. 

Simon Ball, ‘Military Nuclear Relations Between the United States and Great Britain under the terms of the McMahon Act, 1946–1958’, The Historical Journal ISSN: 0018-246x 38:2 (1995), pp. 439–454. 

David Reynolds, Britannia Overruled. British Policy and World Power in the 20th Century, 2nd edition (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013). Available as an e-book via the Library website.

Duncan Redford, ‘The “Hallmark of a First-Class Navy”: The Nuclear-Powered Submarine in the Royal Navy 1960–77’, Contemporary British history, 23:2 (2009), 181–197.

John Baylis, ‘British Nuclear Doctrine: The “Moscow Criterion” and the Polaris Improvement Programme”, Contemporary British History ISSN: 1361-9462, 19:1 (2005), pp. 53–65. 

Matthew Jones, ‘Great Britain, The United States, and Consultation over use of the Atomic Bomb, 1950–1954’, The historical journal. ISSN: 0018-246x, 54:3 (2011), pp. 797–828.

Andrew Priest, ‘In American Hands: Britain, the United States and the Polaris Nuclear Project, 1962–1968’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 19:3 (2005), pp. 353–376.

On the debate on censorship and The War Game:

Tony Shaw, ‘The BBC, the state and Cold War culture: The case of television’s The War Game (1965)’, English historical review. ISSN: 0013-8266, vol. CXXI, No. 494 (2006), pp. 1351–1384.

James Chapman, ‘The BBC and the censorship of The War Game (1965), Journal of contemporary history. ISSN: 0022-0094, 41:1 (2006), 75–94.

Mike Wayne, ‘Failing the public: The BBC, The War Game and revisionist history, a reply to James Chapman’, Journal of contemporary history. ISSN: 0022-0094, 42:4 (2007), 627–37.

James Chapman, ‘The War Game Controversy – Again’, Journal of contemporary history. ISSN: 0022-0094, 43:1 (2008), 105–12.

Seminar 3: The debate on the post-war consensus. 

Required Readings: 

Dennis Kavanagh, ‘The Postwar Consensus’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 3.2 (1992), 175-90. 

Paul Addison, ‘Consensus Revisited’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 4.1 (1993), 91-4.

Michael Kandiah, ‘Conservative Leaders, Strategy – and “Consensus”? 1945-64’, in Harriet Jones and Michael Kandiah (eds), The Myth of Consensus: New Views on British History, 1945-64 (Basingstoke, 1996), 58-78. [This reading is available in the ‘Seminar Resources’ folder on Minerva.]

Richard Toye, ‘From “consensus” to “common ground”: the rhetoric of the postwar settlement and its collapse’, Journal of contemporary history. ISSN: 0022-0094, 48:1 (2013), 3–23. 

Further readings:

Paul Addison, The Road to 1945: British politics and the Second World War, revised edition (London: Pimlico, 1994).

Chris Cooper, ‘Little Local Difficulties Revisited: Peter Thorneycroft, the 1958 Treasury Resignations and the Origins of Thatcherism’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 25:2 (2011), pp. 227–250. 

Aled Davies, ‘“Right to Buy”: The Development of a Conservative Housing Policy, 1945–1980’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 27:4 (2013), pp. 421–444. 

Aled Davies, ‘Pension Funds and the Politics of Ownership in Britain, c. 1970–86’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 2018, pp. 1–27 [advanced online publication].

Catherine Ellis, ‘Letting it Slip: The Labour Party and the “Mystical Halo” of Nationalisation, 1951–1964’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 26:1 (2012), pp. 47–71.

James Freeman, ‘Reconsidering “Set the People Free”: Neoliberalism and Freedom Rhetoric in Churchill’s Conservative Party’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 29:4 (2018), pp. 522–546.

Bernard Harris, ‘Welfare since 1945: Rewriting the History of Britain’s Welfare State’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 17:1 (2006), pp. 103–109 [see the review of Lowe].

Brian Harrison, Seeking a Role: the United Kingdom 1951-70 (Oxford, 2009), Chapter 8, ‘Politics and Government’. Available as e-book. 

Harriet Jones, ‘“This is magnificent!”: 300,000 houses a year and the Tory revival after 1945’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 14:1 (2000), pp. 99–121. 

Scott Kelly, ‘Ministers Matter: Gaitskell and Butler at Odds over Convertibility, 1950–52’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 14:4 (2000), pp. 27–53.

Rodney Lowe, ‘The Second World War, Consensus, and the Foundation of the Welfare State’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 1:2 (1990), pp. 152–182.

Kenneth O. Morgan, The People’s Peace: British History ISBN: 0198227647 (v. 1 : alk. paper) 1945-1989 (Oxford, 1990).

Jim Phillips, ‘The Postwar Political Consensus and Industrial Unrest in the Docks, 1945–55’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 6:3 (1995), pp. 302-319. 

Daniel Ritschel, ‘The Making of Consensus: The Nuffield College Conferences During the Second World War’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 6:3 (1995), pp. 267–301.

Neil Rollings, ‘Poor Mr Butskell: A Short Life, Wrecked by Schizophrenia’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 5.2 (1994), 183-205.

David Rooney, ‘The Political Economy of Congestion: Road Pricing and the Neoliberal Project, 1952–2003’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 25:4 (2014), pp. 628–650.

Andrew Seaton, ‘Against the “Sacred Cow”: NHS Opposition and the Fellowship for Freedom in Medicine, 1948–72’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 26:3 (2015), pp. 424–449.

Robert Walsha, ‘The One Nation Group and One Nation Conservatism, 1950–2002’, Contemporary British History ISSN: 1361-9462, 17:2 (2003), pp. 69–120.

Charles Webster, ‘Conflict and Consensus: Explaining the British Health Service’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 1:2 (1990), pp. 115–151. 

Peter Weiler, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Conservatives’ “Grand Design for Housing”, 1951–64’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 14:1 (2000), pp. 122–150.

Adrian Williamson, ‘The Bullock Report on Industrial Democracy and the Post-war Consensus’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 30:1 (2016), pp. 119–149.

Matthew Worley, ‘Shot by Both Sides: Punk, Politics and the End of “Consensus”’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 26:3 (2012), pp. 333–354.

Seminar 4: The Special Relationship.

Required readings:

Read the overviews on the special relationship set out by Hopkins and Young and Reynolds and then assess how the different perspectives of the readings on particular elements of Anglo-American relations fit within these trends.

Michael F. Hopkins and John W. Young, ‘The Anglo-American “Special Relationship”’, in Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds), A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939–2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 499­­–516. [Available online through the Library website as an e-book.]

David Reynolds, ‘A “special relationship”? America, Britain and the international order since he Second World War’, International affairs. ISSN: 0020-5850, 62:1 (1985), pp. 1–20. 

Steve Marsh, ‘Anglo-American Relations 1950–51: Three Strikes for British Prestige’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 23:2 (2012), pp. 304–330.

Andrea Chiampan, ‘Running with the Hare, Hunting with the Hounds: The Special Relationship, Reagan’s Cold War and the Falklands Conflict’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 24:4 (2013), pp. 640–660.

Further readings: 

Steve Marsh & John Baylis, ‘The Anglo­–American “Special Relationship”: The Lazarus of International Relations’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 17:1 (2006), pp. 173–211.

Alex Danchev, ‘The Cold War “Special Relationship” Revisited’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 17:3 (2006), pp. 579–595.

Michael Goodman, ‘With a Little Help from My Friends: The Anglo-American Atomic Intelligence Partnership, 1945–1958’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 18:1 (2007), pp. 155–183.

Alan Dobson, ‘The special relationship and European integration’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 2:1 (1991), pp. 79–102. 

Geoffrey Warner, ‘Anglo-American Relations and the Cold War in 1950’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 22:1 (2011), pp. 44–60. 

Steve Marsh, ‘Anglo-American Relations and the Labour Governments “Scuttle” from Abadan: A “Declaration of Dependence”?’, International history review. ISSN: 0707-5332, 35:4 (2013), pp. 817–843.

Louise Kettle, ‘Learning to Pull the Strings after Suez: Macmillan’s Management of the Eisenhower Administration during the Intervention in Jordan, 1958’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 27:1 (2016), pp. 45–64.

Andrew Holt, ‘Lord Home and Anglo-American Relations, 1961–1963’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 16:4 (2005), pp. 699–722. 

Thomas Robb, ‘The “Limit of What is Tolerable”: British Defence Cuts and the “Special Relationship,” 1974–1976’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 22:2 (2011), pp. 321–337.

Suzanne Doyle, ‘The United States Sale of Trident to Britain, 1977–1982: Deal Making in the Anglo-American Nuclear Relationship’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 28:3 (2017), 477–493.

Seminar 5: Wilson and the world. 

Required Readings:

John W. Young, The Labour Governments 1964–70 Volume 2. International policy ISBN: 0719043654 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003), Chapter 2, pp. 31–62. [This reading is available in the ‘Seminar Resources’ folder on Minerva. 

Richard Coggins, ‘Wilson and Rhodesia: UDI and British Policy Towards Africa’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 20:3 (2006), pp. 363–381.

Rhiannon Vickers, ‘Harold Wilson, the British Labour Party, and the War in Vietnam’, Journal of Cold War studies. ISSN: 1520-3972, 10:2 (2008), pp. 41–70. 

Helen Parr, ‘Britain, America, East of Suez and the EEC: Finding a Role in British Foreign Policy, 1964–67’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 20:3 (2006), pp. 403–421.

Further readings:

General:

John W. Young, The Labour Governments 1964–70 Volume 2. International policy ISBN: 0719043654 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003),

Chris Wrigley, ‘Now you see it, now you don’t: Harold Wilson and Labour’s foreign policy 1964–70’, in Richard Coopey (ed), The Wilson governments, 1964-1970 ISBN: 1855673436; 086187188X (London: Pinter, 1993), pp. 123–135.

Richard Whiting, ‘The Empire and British Politics’, in Andrew Thompson (ed), Britain's experience of empire in the twentieth century ISBN: 9780199236589 (hbk.) : £35.00; 0199236585 (hbk.) : £35.00 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 161–210.

Ben Pilmlott, Harold Wilson ISBN: 0006379559 (pbk); 0002151898 (London: HarperCollins, 1992).

Jonathan Colman, A 'special relationship'? : Harold Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Anglo-American relations 'at the summit', 1964-68 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004).

Mark Phythian, The Labour Party, war and international relations ISBN: 0415399122 (pbk.); 9780415399111 (hardback); 0415399114 (hardback); 9780415399128 (pbk.); 9780203938997 (ebook); 0203938992 (ebook), 1945–2006 (London: Routledge, 2007).

Vietnam:

John W. Young, ‘Britain and “LBJ’s War”, 1964–68’, Cold war history. ISSN: 1468-2745, 2:3 (2002), pp. 63–92.

Geraint Hughes, A “missed opportunity” for peace? Harold Wilson, British diplomacy, and the sun flower initiative to end the Vietnam War, February 1967’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 14:3 (2003), pp. 106–130.

John Dumbrell, ‘The Johnson Administration and the British Labour Government: Vietnam, the Pound and East of Suez’, Journal of American studies. ISSN: 0021-8758, 30:2 (1996), 211–231.

Nikita Wolf, ‘ “This Secret Town”: British Intelligence, the Special Relationship, and the Vietnam War’, International history review. ISSN: 0707-5332, 39:2 (2017), 338–367.

Kevin Boyle, ‘The Price of Peace: Vietnam, the Pound, and the Crisis of the American Empire’, Diplomatic history. ISSN: 0145-2096, 27:1 (2003), pp. 37–72.

Sylvia A. Ellis, ‘Promoting solidarity at home and abroad: the goals and tactics of the anti-Vietnam War movement in Britain’, European review of history = Revue européenne d'histoire, 21:4 (2014), pp. 557–576.

Rhodesia: 

Philip Alexander, ‘A Tale of Two Smiths: the Transformation of Commonwealth Policy, 1964–70’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 20:3 (2006), pp. 303–321.

Manuele Facchini, ‘ “The Millstone Around Our Necks”: Harold Wilson and the HMS Fearless Conference (9–13 October 1968) ISSN: 1361-9462’, 28:3 (2014), pp. 274–293.

Carl Watts, ‘Killing Kith and Kin: the Viability of British Military Intervention in Rhodesia, 1964–5’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 16:4 (2005), pp. 382–415.

East of Suez:

David M. McCourt, ‘What was Britain’s “East of Suez Role”? Reassessing the Withdrawal, 1964–68’, Diplomacy and statecraft. ISSN: 0959-2296, 20:3 (2009), pp. 453–472.

Jeffrey Pickering, ‘Politics and “Black Tuesday”: Shifting Power in the Cabinet and the Decision to Withdraw from East of Suez, November 1967–January 1968’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 13:2 (2002), pp. 144–170.

Simon Davis, ‘Book Review: “A Bloody Unpleasant Meeting”: The United States and Britain’s Retreat from East of Suez in the 1960s’, Diplomatic history. ISSN: 0145-2096, 34:1 (2010), pp. 229–236.

Matthew Jones and John W. Young, ‘Polaris, East of Suez: British Plans for a Nuclear Force in the Indo-Pacific, 1964–1948’, The journal of strategic studies. ISSN: 0140-2390, 33:6 (2010), pp. 847–870.

Seminar 6: Post-war Affluence.

Required Readings:

Stephen Brooke, ‘Gender and Working Class Identity in Britain during the 1950s’, Journal of Social History. ISSN: 0022-4529, 34.4 (2001), 773-95. 

Matthew Hollow, ‘The age of affluence revisited: Council estates and consumer society in Britain, 1950–1970’, Journal of consumer culture. ISSN: 1469-5405, 16:1 (2014), pp. 279–296.

Anver Offer, ‘British Manual Workers: From Producers to Consumers, c. 1950-2000’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 22:4 (2008), 537-71.

Selina Todd, ‘Affluence, Class and Crown Street: Reinvigorating the Post- War Working Class’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 22:4 (2008), 501-18.

Richard Whiting, ‘Affluence and Industrial Relations in Post-War Britain’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 22:4 (2008), pp. 519–536.

Further readings:

See the other articles in the Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462 special issue: 22:4 (2008). 

Jon Lawrence, ‘Class, “Affluence” and the Study of Everyday Life in Britain, c. 1930–64’, Cultural and social history. ISSN: 1478-0038; 1478-0046, 10:2 (2013), pp. 273–299. 

Shinobu Majima, ‘Affluence and the Dynamics of Spending in Britain, 1961–2004’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 22:4 (2008), pp. 573–597. 

Stuart Middleton, ‘“Affluence” and the Left in Britain, c. 1958–1974’, English historical review. ISSN: 0013-8266, Vol. CXXIX No. 536 (2014), pp. 107­–138.

Mike Savage, ‘Affluence and Social Change in the Making of Technocratic Middle-Class Identities: Britain, 1939–55’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 22:4 (2008), pp. 457–476.

Dolly Smith Wilson, ‘A New Look at the Affluent Worker: The Good Working Mother in Post-War Britain’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 17:2 (2006), pp. 206–229. 

Steven Fielding, ‘Activists against “Affluence”: Labour Party Culture During the “Golden Age”, circa 1950-1970’, The journal of British studies. ISSN: 0021-9371, 40:2 (2001), 241-67.

John H. Goldthorpe, ‘Conclusion: the affluent worker in the class structure’, in John H. Goldthorpe, et al. (eds), The Affluent worker in the class structure ISBN: 0521095336; 9780521095334 (Cambridge, 1969), 157-95. [Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.]

Shinobu Majima and Mike Savage, ‘Contesting Affluence: An Introduction’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 22:4 (2008), 445-55.

Dominic Sandbrook, Never Had it So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles (London: Abacus, 2006). 

––––– White heat : a history of Britain in the swinging sixties ISBN: 0316724521 (hbk.) : £20.00 (London: Little Brown, 2006). 

Seminar 7: Pride?

Required readings:

Kate Gleeson, ‘Freudian Slips and Coteries of Vice: The Sexual Offenses Act of 1967’, Parliamentary history. ISSN: 0264-2824, 27:3 (2008), pp. 393–409. 

Matt Cook, ‘From Gay Reform to Gaydar, 1967–2006’, in Matt Cook, H.G. Cocks, Robert Mills, and Randolph Trumback (eds), A gay history of Britain : love and sex between men since the Middle Ages ISBN: 9781846450020 (alk. paper); 1846450020 (alk. paper), pp. 179–214.

Roger Davidson & Gayle Davis, ‘Sexuality and the State: the Campaign for Scottish Homosexual Law Reform, 1967–80’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 20:4 (2006), pp. 533–558.

Dairmaid Kelliher, ‘Solidarity and Sexuality: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners 1984–85’, History workshop journal. ISSN: 1363-3554, 77 (2014), pp. 241–262.

Further readings:

Patrick Glen, ‘“Oh You Pretty Thing!”: How David Bowie “Unlocked Everybody’s Inner Queen” in spite of the music press’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 31:3 (2017), pp. 407–429.

Laura Monica Ramsay, ‘The Church of England, Homosexual Law Reform, and the Shaping of the Permissive Society, 1957–1979’, The journal of British studies. ISSN: 0021-9371, 57 (2018), pp. 108–137. Available online

Matt Cook, ‘“Archives of Feeling”: the AIDS Crisis in Britain 1987’, History workshop journal. ISSN: 1363-3554, 83 (2017), pp. 51–78.

Daryl Leeworthy, ‘For our common cause: Sexuality and left politics in South Wales, 1967–1985’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 30:2 (2016), pp. 260–280.

Chris Waters, ‘The Homosexual as a Social Being in Britain, 1945–1968’, The journal of British studies. ISSN: 0021-9371, 51 (2012), pp. 685–710.

Roger Davidson and Gayle Davis, ‘“A Field for Private Members”: The Wolfenden Committee and Scottish Homosexual Law Reform, 1950–67’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 15:2 (2004), pp. 174–201.

Frank Mort, ‘The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2010. The Permissive Society Revisited’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 22:2 (2011), pp. 269–298.

Matt Cook, ‘“Gay Times”: Identity, Locality, Memory and the Brixton Squats in 1970s London’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 24:1 (2013), pp. 84–109.

Evan Smith and Darly Leeworthy, ‘Before Pride: The Struggle for the Recognition of Gay Rights in the British Communist Movement, 1973–85’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 27:4 (2016), pp. 621–642.

Rebecca Jennings, ‘Lesbian Motherhood and the Artificial Insemination by Donor Scandal of 1978’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 28:4 (2017), pp. 570–594.

Matthew Grimley, ‘Law, Morality and Secularisation: The Church of England and the Wolfenden Report, 1954–1967’, Journal of ecclesiastical history. ISSN: 0022-0469, 60:4 (2009), pp. 725-741.

Jeffrey Weeks, ‘Queer(y)ing the “Modern Homosexual”’, The journal of British studies. ISSN: 0021-9371, 51 (2012), pp. 523–539.

Jeff Meek, ‘Scottish Churches, Morality and Homosexual Law Reform, 1957–1980’, Journal of ecclesiastical history. ISSN: 0022-0469, 66:3 (2015), pp. 596–613.

Stephen Jeffery-Poulter, Peers, queers, and commons : the struggle for gay law reform from 1950 to the present ISBN: 0415057604 (pbk) (London: Routledge, 1991).

Seminar 8: Decolonisation, the Commonwealth, and Immigration.

Required Readings:

David Olusoga, Black and British : a forgotten history ISBN: 9781447299769; 1447299760 (London, 2017), 489–519. [Available in the ‘Seminar Resources’ folder on Minderva.]

Bill Schwarz, ‘“The Only White Man in There”: the Re-Racialisation of England, 1956-1968’, Race and class. ISSN: 0306-3968, 38 (1996), 65-78.

Gavin Schaffer and Saima Nasar, ‘The white essential subject: race, ethnicity, and the Irish in post-war Britain’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 32:2 (2018), pp. 209–230.

Further readings:

Stephen Ashe, Satnam Virdee and Laurence Brown, ‘Striking back against racist violence in the East End of London, 1968–1970’, Race and class. ISSN: 0306-3968, 58:1 (2016), pp. 34–54.

Brett Bebber, ‘Model migrants? Sikh activism and race relations organisations in Britain’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 31:4 (2017), pp. 568–592.

John Davis, ‘Rents and Race in 1960s London: New Light on Rachmanism’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 12:1 (2001), 69-92. 

Simon Peplow, ‘The “Linchpin for Success”? The problematic establishment of the 1965 Race Relations Act and its Coniliation Board’, Contemporary British History ISSN: 1361-9462, 31:3 (2017), pp. 430–451.

Kannetta Hammond Perry, ‘Black Britain and the Politics of Race in the 20th Century’, History Compass ISSN: 1478-0542, 12:8 (2014), pp. 651–663. 

Simon J. Potter, ‘Empire, Cultures and Identities in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Britain’, History Compass ISSN: 1478-0542, 5.1 (2007), 51-71.

Catherine Puzzo, ‘Instruments of British and French Immigration Policy in the 1970s: a Comparative Analysis’, Contemporary European history. ISSN: 0960-7773, 12.1 (2003), 71-92.

Krishnan Srinivasan, ‘Nobody’s Commonwealth? The Commonwealth in Britain’s Post-Imperial Adjustment’, Commonwealth & comparative politics ISSN: 1466-2043, 44:2 (2006), 257-69.

Dominic Sandbrook, Never Had it So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles (London: Abacus, 2006). 

––––– White heat : a history of Britain in the swinging sixties ISBN: 0316724521 (hbk.) : £20.00 (London: Little Brown, 2006).

Andrew Thompson, The Empire Strikes Back? The Impact of Imperialism on Britain from the mid-nineteenth century (New York, 2005), Chapter 9. Available as e-book.

Chris Waters, ‘“Dark Strangers in our Midst”: Discourses of Race and Nation in Britain, 1947-63’, The journal of British studies. ISSN: 0021-9371, 36:2 (1997), 207-238.

Wendy Webster, ‘The Empire Comes Home: Commonwealth Migration to Britain’, in Andrew Thompson (ed), Britain's experience of empire in the twentieth century ISBN: 9780199236589 (hbk.) : £35.00; 0199236585 (hbk.) : £35.00 (Oxford, 2012), 122-160. [Available in the ‘Online Readings’ folder on Minderva.] 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ISBN: 019861411x. Entry on Enoch Powell.

Essay Questions

  1. ‘1979 was a turning-point in modern British political history as important as 1945.’ Consider this verdict of the election of the Thatcher government and its policies in the 1980s.

Peter Clarke, Hope and glory : Britain 1900-2000 ISBN: 0141011750, 2nd edn (London, 2004), ch. 11.

Peter Clarke, ‘The Rise and Fall of Thatcherism’, Historical research. ISSN: 0950-3471, 72. 179 (1999), 301-22.

Ivor Crewe, ‘1979-96’, in How Tory governments fall : the Tory party in power since 1783 ISBN: 0006863663, ed. by Anthony Seldon (London, 1996), pp. 393-451 [Available as an Online Course Reading on Minerva.].

David Dutton, British politics since 1945 : the rise, fall, and rebirth of consensus ISBN: 0631203206 (alk. paper); 9780631203209, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1997), introduction and ch. 5.

Matthew Francis, ‘“A Crusade to Enfranchise the Many”: Thatcherism and the “Property-Owning Democracy”,’ Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 23. 3 (2012), 275-97.

Garland, John et al. (eds), Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of ‘Consensus’ in Post-War Britain, special issue of Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 26. 3 (2012)

E.H.H. Green, ‘Thatcherism: An Historical Perspective’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. ISSN: 0080-4401, 9 (1999), 17-42.

Dennis Kavanagh and Peter Morris, Consensus politics from Attlee to Major ISBN: 063119228X (acid-free paper), 2nd edn (Oxford, 1994), especially ch. 1 [Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.]

Kenneth O. Morgan, The people's peace : British history 1945-1989 ISBN: 0198227647 (v. 1 : alk. paper) (Oxford, 1990), chs 12 and 13.

Martin Pugh, State and Society: A Social and Political History of Britain since 1870, 3d edn (London, 2008), ch. 20.

Martin Rhodes, ‘Desperately Seeking a Solution: Social Democracy, Thatcherism and the “Third Way” in British Welfare’, Western European Politics ISSN: 0140-2382, 23. 2 (2000), 161-86.

Nicholas Ridley, ‘My Style of Government’: The Thatcher Years (London, 1991).

Robert Sidelsky, Ben Pimlott, Peter Jenkins and Dennis Kavanagh, ‘The Audit of Thatcherism’, Contemporary Record ISSN: 1361-9462, 3. 1 (1989), 12-17. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 25/01/2019) 

John Turner, ‘Governors, Governance, and Governed: British Politics since 1945’, in Kathleen Burk (ed), The British Isles since 1945 ISBN: 0199248389 (pbk.) : No price; 0198731809 (Oxford, 2003), pp. 19-61.

Richard Vinen, Thatcher's Britain : the politics and social upheaval of the Thatcher era ISBN: 9781847392091 (pbk.) : £8.99; 1847392091 (pbk.) : £8.99 (London: Pocket, 2010).

  1. To what extent did Britain experience a period of social and political liberalisation in the 1960s?

Anthony Aldgate, James Chapman and Arthur Marwick, eds, Windows on the sixties : exploring key texts of media and culture ISBN: 1860643833 (London, 2000).

Andrew August, ‘Gender and 1960s Youth Culture: The Rolling Stones and the New Woman’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 23. 1 (2009), 79-100.

James Chapman, Saints and Avengers: British Adventure Series of the 1960s (London, 2002) [available as e-book via the university catalogue.] 

Hera Cook, ‘The English Sexual Revolution: Technology and Social Change’, History workshop journal. ISSN: 1363-3554, 59. 1 (2005), 110-28.

John Davis and Anette Warring, ‘Living Utopia: Communal Living in Denmark and Britain’, Cultural and social history. ISSN: 1478-0038; 1478-0046, 8. 4 (2011), 513-30.

Mark Donnelly, Sixties Britain: Culture, Society and Politics (Harlow, 2005) [available both in hard copy and as e-book via the library catalogue].

Jonathon Green, All dressed up : the sixties and the counter-culture ISBN: 0224043226 (London, 1998).

Gerard J. DeGroot, The Sixties Unplugged: A Kaleidoscopic History of a Disorderly Decade ISBN: 9781405055215 (hbk.); 1405055219 (hbk.) (London, 2008).

Christoph Grunenberg and Jonathon Harris, eds, The Summer of Love: Psychedelic Art, Social Crisis and Counterculture in the 1960s (Liverpool, 2005).

Gerd-Rainer Horn, The Spirit of '68: Rebellion in Western Europe and North America, 1956-1976 ISBN: 0199276668; 9780199276660 (Oxford, 2007). 

Bryn Jones, ‘All Along the Watershed: Sixties Values as Defence of Community Lifeworlds in Britain 1968-2008’, in Sixties Radicalism and Social Movement Activism: Retreat or Resurgence?, ed. by Bryn Jones and Mike O’Donnell (London, 2010), pp. 3-22 [available as e-book via the library catalogue].

Bernard Levin, The pendulum years : Britain in the sixties ISBN: 1840464186 (Cambridge, 2003).

Shawn Levy, Ready, Steady, Go!: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool (London, 2002).

Arthur Marwick, ‘The Cultural Revolution of the Long Sixties: Voices of Reaction, Protest, and Permeation’, International history review. ISSN: 0707-5332, 27. 4 (2005), 780-806.

Arthur Marwick, The Sixties: Cultural Revolution in Britain, France, Italy, and the United States, c.1958-c.1974 (Oxford, 2000). 

Wilfried Mausbach, ‘Historicising “1968”,’ Contemporary European history. ISSN: 0960-7773, 11. 1 (2002), 177-87.

Holger Nehring, ‘Great Britain’, in 1968 in Europe: A History of Protest and Activism, 1956-77, ed. by Martin Klimke and Joachim Scharloth (Basingstoke, 2008), pp. 125-36 [avail. both in hard copy and as a e-book via the library catalogue].

Dominic Sandbrook, White heat : a history of Britain in the swinging sixties ISBN: 0316724521 (hbk.) : £20.00 (London, 2006).

Nick Thomas, ‘Challenging Myths of the 1960s: The Case of Student Protest in Britain’, Twentieth Century British History ISSN: 0955-2359, 13. 3 (2002), 277-97.

Jeremi Suri, ‘The Rise and Fall of an International Counterculture, 1960-1975’, The American historical review. ISSN: 0002-8762, 114. 1 (2009), 45-68.

  1. Account for the changing positions of British governments towards European integration between 1950 and 1973.

Vernon Bogdanor, ‘Footfalls Echoing in the Memory: Britain and Europe – the Historical Perspective’, International affairs. ISSN: 0020-5850, 81.4 (2005), 689–701.

Sabine Lee, ‘Staying in the Game? Coming into the Game? Macmillan and European Integration’, in Richard Aldous and Sabine Lee (eds), Harold Macmillan and Britain's world role ISBN: 031212578X (St Martin's Press); 033363053X (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 1996), 123–47.

Helen Parr, ‘Britain, America, East of Suez and the EEC: Finding a Role in British Foreign Policy, 1964-67’, Contemporary British history. ISSN: 1361-9462, 20.3 (2006), 403–21. 

John W. Young, Britain and European unity, 1945-1999 ISBN: 0312231237 (US); 0333741129 (UK: pbk); 0333741110 (UK), 2nd edition (Basingstoke, 2000), Chapter 5, 100–125. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

James Ellison, ‘Britain and Europe’, in Paul Addison and Harriet Jones (eds), A Companion to Contemporary Britain 1939­–2000 (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005), 517–538 (available as ebook via Library website). 

David Sanders, Losing an empire, finding a role : British foreign policy since 1945 ISBN: 0333442660 (pbk) : £10.95; 0333442652 (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1990), Chapter 5, 135–168.

Alex May, Britain and Europe Since 1945 ISBN: 9780582307780, (London: Routledge, 1999), Chapter 4, 29–37.

John W. Young, The Labour Governments 1964–70 Volume 2. International policy ISBN: 0719043654 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003), Chapter 6, 142–165.

John Campbell, Edward Heath. A Biography (London: Pimlico, 1994), Chapter 17, 352–363.

Roy Jenkins, A Life at the Centre ISBN: 0333551648 (London: Papermac, 1994), Chapter 17, 307–349.

Clemens August Wurm, ‘Britain and European Integration, 1945-63’, Contemporary European history. ISSN: 0960-7773, 7.2 (1998), 249-61.

Geoffrey Fry, The Politics of Decline. An Interpretation of British Politics from the 1940s to the 1970s (Basingstoke, 2005), Chapter 10. Available as e-book.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ISBN: 019861411x. See entries for Harold Macmillan, Harold Wilson, and Edward Heath.

  1. How do you explain both the fact and the timing of decolonisation of Britain’s African territories in the 1950s and 1960s?

Richard Aldous and Sabine Lee, eds, Harold Macmillan and Britain's world role ISBN: 031212578X (St Martin's Press); 033363053X (Basingstoke, 1996), esp. ch. by Hemming.

George Boyce, Decolonisation and the British Empire, 1775-1997 ISBN: 0333621042 (pbk.) : £15.99; 0333621034 (Basingstoke, 1999), chs 8 and 9.

Judith Brown and Wm. Roger Louis, The Oxford History of the British Empire: The twentieth century ISBN: 0198205643 (Oxford, 1999).

L.J. Butler, Britain and Empire : adjusting to a post-imperial world ISBN: 186064449X (pbk.); 1860644481 (London, 2002).

James Chapman and Nicholas Cull, Projecting Empire: Imperialism and Popular Cinema (London, 2009).

John Darwin, Britain and decolonisation : the retreat from empire in the post-war world ISBN: 0333292588 (pbk ; cased) : £7.95; 0333292561 (Basingstoke, 1988), chs 4-7.

John Darwin, ‘Diplomacy and Decolonization’, The journal of imperial and commonwealth history. ISSN: 0308-6534, 28.3 (2000), 5-24.

John Darwin, The end of the British Empire : the historical debate ISBN: 0631164286 (pbk); 0631164278 (Oxford, 1991).

Gifford and Wm. Roger Louis, eds, The Transfer of Power in Africa ISBN: 0300043481; 0300025688: Decolonisation, 1940-1960 (New Haven, CT, 1982).

John D. Hargreaves, Decolonization in Africa, 2nd edn (London, 1996).

Robert Holland, European Decolonization ISBN: 0333316789; 0333316789 (pbk): An Introductory Survey (Basingstoke, 1985), chs 5 and 8. 

Robert Holland, The pursuit of greatness : Britain and the world role, 1900-1970 ISBN: 0006861105 (London, 1991).

Stephen Howe, Anticolonialism in British politics : the left and the end of Empire, 1918-1964 ISBN: 019820423X (acid-free paper) (Oxford, 1993).

Ronald Hyam, Britain’s Declining Empire ISBN: 0521685559 (pbk.); 9780521866491 (hbk.); 0521866499 (hbk.); 9780521685559 (pbk.): The Road to Decolonization 1918-1968 (Cambridge, 2006).

Ronald Hyam and Wm. Roger Louis, eds, The Conservative Government and the End of Empire ISBN: 0112905781 (London, 2000), esp. introduction. 

Joanna Lewis, ‘“Daddy wouldn’t buy me a Mau Mau”: The British Popular Press and the Demoralization of Empire’, in Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority and Narration ISBN: 0852554842 (James Currey, pbk); 0852554788; 0821414836 (Ohio univ., hbk); 0821414844 (Ohio univ., pbk), ed. by E.S. Atieno Odhiambo and John Lonsdale (Oxford, 2003), pp. 227-51.

Wm. Roger Louis, Ends of British Imperialism ISBN: 1845113470 (pbk); 1845113098 (hbk.) : £24.50: The Scramble for Empire, Suez, and Decolonisation: Collected essays (London, 2006).

A.N. Porter and A.J. Stockwell, British Imperial Policy and Decolonization ISBN: 0333385128 ([v.1]); 0333420853 (pbk[v.1]), 2 vols (Basingstoke, 1987-89), vol. 2 

Bernard Porter, The Lion’s Share: A short history of British imperialism, 4th edn (Harlow, 2004), ch. 9.

David Reynolds, ‘Britain and the World since 1945: Narratives of Decline or Transformation?’, in The British Isles since 1945 ISBN: 0199248389 (pbk.) : No price; 0198731809, ed. by Kathleen Burk (Oxford, 2003), pp.157-84.

Martin Thomas, ed., European decolonization ISBN: 0754625680 (alk. paper); 9780754625681 (alk. paper) (Aldershot, 2007).

Wendy Webster, Englishness and Empire, 1939-1965 (Oxford, 2005) [available as e-book via the library catalogue]. 

Nicholas White, Decolonisation : the British experience since 1945 ISBN: 0582290872 (pbk) (Harlow, 1999).

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