This Britain-issue of the Utrechte Historische Cahiers contains five essays on post-war Britain by both British and Dutch scolars. Kenneth Morgan kicks off with an elucidating introduction in British political culture, which, in spite of the turbulent sixties and Thatcherism, remained consensual and peaceful. Fellow-historian Rodney Lowe takes a different angle in his essay on the British welfare state. He focuses on two contradictions: the rapid descent of post-war Britain from being a leader to a laggard in welfare provision; second the tension between the individualistic culture of Britain and the centralized nature of its welfare institutions. Sociologist Bernice Martin covers the socio-cultural developments in the broadest sense. One of her most provoking opinions addresses the continuity between the sixties underground scene and the British culture industry of the nineties. Anneke Ribberink offers an analysis of the Thatcher revolution from a gender perspective, and Hans Righart closes with some comparative notes concerning the post-war histories of Great Britain and the Netherlands.
Anneke Ribberink en Hans Righart
Utrechtse Historische Cahiers
21 (2000) 1/2
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Inhoud: About the authors TIM BUTCHARD, Preface HANS RIGHART, Introduction KENNETH MORGAN, British Political Culture since 1945. Consensus, Protest and Change RODNEY LOWE, Torn between Europe and America. The British Welfare State from Beveridge to Blair BERNICE MARTIN, Postwar Austerity to Postmodern Carnival: Culture in Britain from 1946 ANNEKE RIBBERINK, The Two Meanings of ‘Thatcherism’. Portrait of an Outsider HANS RIGHART, Great Britain and the Netherlands from a Comparative View. Postwar History and Postwar Histories, 1945-2000