New PDF release: A Companion to Contemporary Britain: 1939-2000

By Harriet Jones, Paul Addison

ISBN-10: 0631220402

ISBN-13: 9780631220404

A better half to modern Britain covers the most important subject matters and debates of 20th-century background from the outbreak of the second one international warfare to the top of the century.

  • Assesses the impression of the second one international conflict
  • Looks at Britain’s position within the wider international, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special dating’ with the USA, and integration with continental Europe
  • Explores cultural concerns, resembling classification awareness, immigration and race kinfolk, altering gender roles, and the impression of the mass media
  • Covers family politics and the economic climate
  • Introduces the numerous views dominating old writing in this interval
  • Identifies the most important concerns that are more likely to gas destiny debate

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The first of the Polaris submarines (HMS Resolution) went into service in 1968; it carried 16 Polaris missiles, each capable of carrying three warheads in the kiloton range. Already however, there were concerns that Soviet improvements in anti-ballistic missile defences had rendered Polaris obsolete. While America developed a whole new system (Poseidon) in response to this, the British decided in 1972 to modify the front end of Polaris missiles in a project known as ‘Chevaline’, in service between 1982 and 1996.

The first circle was the British Commonwealth and empire, the second ‘the English-speaking world’ including the United States, and the third ‘United Europe’. 52 Between 1945 and 1961 it was the ambition of both Labour and Conservative governments, and the Foreign Office, to maintain British membership of these three exclusive clubs. Membership of the European circle, however, did not imply the participation of Britain in supra-national organizations such as the Coal and Steel Community of 1950.

The UK spent a higher proportion of its national income on scientific research than any other Western country during the Cold War except the USA, and its economic growth rate was lower than that of most of its competitors. The bombs themselves were not the problem; it was the development of their delivery systems that proved to be difficult. The deterrent was originally envisaged as an RAF weapon, and the expensive V-bombers that would deploy them began to come on stream in significant numbers during 1957.

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