A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain - 9781405189996

Un libro in lingua di Wrigley Chris (EDT) edito da John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2008

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This encyclopedic overview of British history from 1900-1939 covers nearly every aspect of life in England, including the sense of "Britishness". Wrigley (modern British history, Nottingham University) has arranged the essays into categories, beginning with politics. He then moves to Britain in an international context, including the first influx of non-Irish immigrants. The main thrust in this section, however, is Britain's interaction with the colonies and foreign powers. Internal matters make up the third section, touching most aspects of daily life: housing, work, transport, welfare, medicine, leisure, religion, agriculture and culture. Industry is addressed in terms of unionism and unemployment, exemplified by the case of Jarrow. Social structure is addressed in terms beyond class and the changes chronicled. The defining event of the period, the Great War, is treated in one chapter but contributes to analyses in most of the others as is the changing role of women. As an introduction to the period, this is excellent. The essays are comprehensive and the bibliography extensive. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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