'We are the masters now': British politics, culture and society, 1945-1958

Course Dates: 03/06/19 - 08/07/19
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Peter Street

This interactive lecture course considers Britain’s political, economic, social and cultural history in an age of Austerity and Affluence. Topics include nationalisation, Indian Independence and Suez alongside war recovery programmes, welfare policies, the arts, consumerism and youth.


What is the course about?

The course considers political, economic, social and cultural aspects of Britain, 1945-1958.

What will we cover?

Britain, 1945-1958: an overview
Austerity Britain, 1945-1954
Britain and its Empire, 1945-1958
Korea, Suez and ‘Europe’
Affluent Britain: 1954-1958.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Have a better understanding of the nature of British politics during these years
Be more knowledgeable about the consequences of war and changes to the British economy
Be more familiar with certain aspects of culture and daily life.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An outline course; no previous knowledge required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal tutor input and discussion with student participation encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Pen and paper for any voluntary note taking. Below is an optional reading list.
Page 1 of 2
The relevant sections of:

R Blake The decline of power: Britain 1915-1964
CG Brown and WH Fraser Britain since 1707
P Clarke Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000
B Harrison Seeking a role: the United Kingdom 1951-1970
K Morgan Britain since 1945: the people’s peace
M Pugh Britain since 1789

Further reading relating to each specific topic will be suggested when under discussion.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBH12 Britain and the Swinging Sixties?

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Book your place

Course Code: HBH03

Mon, day, 03 Jun - 08 Jul '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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