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A significant other to modern Britain covers the foremost subject matters and debates of 20th-century heritage from the outbreak of the second one global battle to the top of the century. Assesses the effect of the second one global struggle seems to be at Britain’s function within the wider global, together with the legacy of Empire, Britain’s ‘special dating’ with the us, and integration with continental Europe Explores cultural matters, comparable to type awareness, immigration and race relatives, altering gender roles, and the effect of the mass media Covers family politics and the economic system Introduces the various views dominating historic writing in this interval Identifies the main concerns that are prone to gasoline destiny debate

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As a result of all of this, the UK has been one of the world’s four major arms exporters since the Second World War, and the defence export industry became a major component of the nation’s dwindling manufacturing output. In spending terms Britain remained, at least until the late 1980s, the clear leader of the second division of military nations. Fears of American competition and penetration of European markets also led to many pan-European collaborative projects from the mid-1960s, including civilian projects such as the Anglo-French supersonic aircraft Concorde, as well as defence projects such as the Anglo-German and Italian multirole combat aircraft, or Tornado.

2, 53, 145. ACB1 2/19/05 9:56 AM Page 19 the impact of the second world war 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 19 Mackay, Half the Battle, p. 122. Hennessy, Never Again, p. 40. Roodhouse, ‘Black Market Activity in Britain 1939–1955’, p. 246. Mackay, Half the Battle, p. 52. Titmuss, Essays on the Welfare State, p. 86. Bullock, Bevin, vol. 1, pp. , p. 16. Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Austerity in Britain, pp.

The activities of the IRD did not publicly emerge until after its demise in 1977; documents began to be released in 1995, and we now have a fairly clear picture of its methods of operation. By the early 1950s the IRD was focused on small groups of opinion-formers both abroad and at home. It disseminated non-attributable factual briefing papers to British missions and information services abroad, to friendly governments, to sympathetic British and foreign journalists and broadcasters, and to cooperative politicians at home.

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