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  1. Main textbook 2 items
    The main textbook for this course is
    1. This is an edited collection of essays on various aspects of twentieth-century British history, which will feature heavily in the reading lists for lectures and seminars. The textbook can be purchased from the University bookshop, and there are multiple copies available in the University Library.

       

      Another useful source, particularly for the topics covered in the first half of the course, is the earlier version of the textbook mentioned above, edited by Paul Johnson and first published in 1994.

       

       

      In addition, numerous books, journal articles and online sources are referred to in the lecture and topic reading lists. Here are some hints on how to track down reading list items:

  2. Week 2: Introduction and the First World War 7 items
    1. Introduction to ESH 2B 1 item
    2. The economic impact 3 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Julian Greaves, ‘The First World War and its aftermath’, pp. 127-44.

      2. Blighty: British society in the era of the Great War - Gerard J. De Groot 1996

        Book Essential See: Chapters 5,6,10 and 15. Chapter 5, pp. 79-108, available online.

      3. Public policy and the economy since 1900 - Jim Tomlinson 1990

        Book Essential Chapter 3: 1914-1925: A world shattered and rebuilt?, pp. 42-69, available online.

    3. Women and the home front 3 items
  3. Week 3 : The inter-war years 11 items
    1. Housing, Unemployment and Welfare 4 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Julian Greaves J, The First World War and its aftermath, pp. 127-144.

      2. The origins of the British welfare state: society, state, and social welfare in England and Wales, 1800-1945 - Bernard Harris 2004

        Book Essential See: Chapters 15-16. Chapter 16, pp. 243-261, available online.

      3. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Christopher Price, Depression and recovery, pp. 145-161.

      4. Healthy or Hungry Thirties? - Charles Webster 1982

        Article Essential

    2. The Interwar Body: Sexuality and Social Control 4 items
      1. Queer voices in post-war Scotland: male homosexuality, religion and society - Jeffrey Meek, Palgrave Connect (Online service) 2015

        Book Recommended Chapter 2, esp. pp. 19-38

    3. The Interwar Consumer 3 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Sean O'Connell, Motoring and modernity, pp. 111-126.

  4. Week 4: The people's war and the people's peace 8 items
    1. Food Rationing 3 items
      1. Austerity in Britain: rationing, controls, and consumption, 1939-1955 - Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska, MyiLibrary 2000 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential

      2. Affluence and authority: a social history of twentieth-century Britain - John Benson 2005

        Book Essential

    2. WW2 economy and society 2 items
      1. The economic history of Britain since 1700 - Deirdre N. McCloskey, Roderick Floud c1994

        Book Essential Chapter: Peter Howlett, 'The wartime economy, 1939-1945' in volume 3: 1939--1992, pp.1-31, available online.

      2. The people's war: Britain 1939-45 - Angus Calder 1992, c1969

        Book Essential

    3. Reconstruction and the welfare state 3 items
      1. The five giants [new edition] : a biography of the welfare state - Nicholas Timmins 2 Nov. 2017

        Book Essential See: Chapters 1, 7 and 16, available online.

      2. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential See: Lowe R., Post-war welfare, pp. 356-373.

      3. Labour in power, 1945-1951 - Kenneth O. Morgan 1984

        Book Essential See: Chapter 4, pp. 142-187, available online.

  5. Week 5: Women and society in the twentieth century 9 items
    1. Gender, oral history and theory 2 items
      1. Oral history theory - Lynn Abrams, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2016

        Book Essential See: Chapter 8.

      2. The oral history reader - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2016

        Book Essential Chapter 27: Borland K., That's not what I said: interpretive conflict in oral narrative research

    2. Progress or backlash: women between the wars 3 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential See: Brooke S., Class and gender, pp. 42-57.

      2. Gender and power in Britain, 1640-1990 - Susan Kingsley Kent, Ebooks Corporation Limited 1999 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 12.

    3. Women, work and society since 1945 4 items
      1. Women in Britain since 1900 - Sue Bruley 1999

        Book Essential See: Chapter 6, pp. 147-177, available online.

      2. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, social, and cultural change - Paul Johnson 1994

        Book Recommended Chapter 22: Thane P., Women since 1945

  6. Week 6: The Age of Affluence 11 items
    1. Affluence and class 2 items
    2. Consumerism in the Age of Affluence 3 items
      1. Consumerism in twentieth-century Britain: the search for a historical movement - Matthew Hilton, MyiLibrary 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapter 6.

    3. Industrial Relations in the age of affluence 6 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Rugg J., Poverty and social exclusion, pp. 308-322.

      2. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Panayi P., Immigration, multiculturalism and racism, pp. 247-261.

  7. Week 7: The economy since 1945 8 items
    1. Economic 'decline' and deindustrialisation 3 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Crafts N., The British economy, pp. 7-25.

    2. European integration and 'Euro-scepticism' since 1945 2 items
      1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential See: Rollings N., Britain and Europe, pp. 339-353.

      2. A companion to contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 - Paul Addison, Harriet Jones, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Elliso J., Britain and Europe.

    3. Economic policy and Thatcherism 3 items
      1. Making Thatcher's Britain ̀ - Ben Jackson, Robert Saunders 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Saunders R., Crisis, what crisis? Thatcherism and the seventies, pp. 25-42.

      2. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential See: Oliver M., The retreat of the state in the 1980s and 1990s (chapter 17)

  8. Week 8: Culture and society since 1945 10 items
    1. Race and immigration 4 items
      1. Class inequality in austerity Britain: Power, difference and suffering - Will Atkinson, Steven Roberts, Mike Savage 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Chapters 5 and 11.

      2. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

        Book Essential See: Brooke S., Class and gender, pp. 42-57.

      3. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

        Book Essential Chapter: Panikos Panayi, ‘Immigration, multiculturalism and racism’, pp. 247-61.

    2. Youth culture 4 items
      1. A companion to contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 - Paul Addison, Harriet Jones, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential See: Osgerby B., Youth culture (chapter 8)

      2. Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of ‘Consensus’ in Post-War Britain - Jon Garland, Keith Gildart, Anna Gough-Yates, Paul Hodkinson 09/2012

        Article Recommended

      3. Resistance through rituals: youth subcultures in post-war Britain - Ebooks Corporation Limited 2006

        Book Essential See pages 65-83

    3. Queering post-war Britain 2 items
      1. Queer voices in post-war Scotland: male homosexuality, religion and society - Jeffrey Meek, Palgrave Connect (Online service) 2015

        Book Essential See: pp. 39-52 and 53-116.

      2. Queer 1950s: rethinking sexuality in the postwar years - Heike Bauer, Matt Cook, Askews & Holts Library Services 2012

        Book Essential See: pp. 41-60 and 167-182.

  9. Week 9: The 1980s and Beyond 10 items
    1. Unemployment 2 items
      1. The Cambridge economic history of modern Britain 2014

        Book  See chapters: P. Scott, ‘The household economy since 1870’ & I.Gazeley, ‘Incomes and living standards, 1870-2010’.

      2. The spirit level: why equality is better for everyone - Richard G. Wilkinson, Kate Pickett c2010

        Book 

    2. The Great Financial Crisis of 2007/8' 3 items
    3. Inequality, Diversity and Scottish Society 5 items
      1. Religious discrimination in Scotland: Fact or myth? - Steve Bruce, Tony Glendinning, Iain Paterson, Michael Rosie 01/2005

        Article Essential

      2. Keep the Clause: Section 28 and the Politics of Sexuality in Scotland and the UK - Evans, D.T. 2001

        Article Essential See: Soundings: a journal of politics and culture, v.18, pp. 208-224. Available online.

      3. A Subtle but Intractable Problem? Public Attitudes to Sectarianism in 2014 - Rachel Ormston, John Curtice, Stephen Hinchliffe, Anna Marcinkiewicz 08/2015

        Article Essential

  10. Seminar Reading Lists 110 items
    1. Seminar Topic 1: Introduction and essay writing 1 item
      1. Materials for this seminar will be available on Moodle from Friday 12 January, and some copies will be distributed in class.

    2. Seminar Topic 2: The Economy, Women and the First World War 19 items
      1. Seminar reading 3 items
        1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change 2014

          Book Essential See: Greaves J., The First World War and its aftermath (chapter 9)

        2. Britain and World War One - Alan G. V. Simmonds, Askews & Holts Library Services 2012

          Book Essential Chapters 5 & 6

        3. The Home Front in Britain

          Book Recommended See: ‘A Heroine at Home: The Housewife on the First World War Home Front’

      2. Further reading 16 items
        1. The Economics of World War I - Stephen Broadberry, Mark Harrison 2005 (electronic resource)

          Book Further See: Broadberry S. and Howlett P., The United Kingdom during World War 1: business as usual?

        2. Blighty: British society in the era of the Great War - Gerard J. De Groot 1996

          Book Further See: Chapters 5, 6, 7, 10 and 15.

        3. The home front in Britain: images, myths and forgotten experiences since 1914 - Maggie Andrews, Janis Lomas 2014 (electronic resource)

          Book Further See: Hunt K., A heroine at home: the housewife on the First World War Home Front (chapter 5)

        4. The home front in Britain: images, myths and forgotten experiences since 1914 - Maggie Andrews, Janis Lomas 2014 (electronic resource)

          Book Further See: Lomas J., Soldiering on: war widows in First World War Britain (chapter 3)

        5. The deluge: British society and the First World War - Arthur Marwick 2006

          Book Further See: Chapters 1, 3, 5 and 6.

        6. Glasgow - Irene Maver c2000

          Book Further See: pp. 132-141, 161-169 and 190-198.

        7. British culture and the First World War - George Robb 2002

          Book Further See: Chapters 2, 3 and 6.

        8. The secret battle: emotional survival in the Great War - Michael Roper 2009

          Book Further See: Chapter 7.

        9. Out of bounds: women in Scottish society, 1800-1945 - Esther Breitenbach, Eleanor Gordon 1992

          Book Further See: Smyth J. J., Rents, peace, votes: working-class women and political activity in the First World War, pp. 174-196.

        10. British society 1914-1945 - John Stevenson 1990

          Book Further See chapters 1-4

        11. The upheaval of war: family, work and welfare in Europe, 1914-1918 - Richard Wall, J. M. Winter 1988

          Book Further See: Thom D., Women and work in wartime Britain (chapter 11)

        12. The Great War and the British people - J. M. Winter 2003

          Book Further See: Parts I and II.

    3. Seminar Topic 3: Primary source: Quantitative materials 1 item
      1. Interpreting quantitative materials is an important element of economic and social history, illuminating trends in economic activity and social provision and behaviour. But numerical evidence can be difficult to interpret and has to be approached carefully. This seminar will develop your confidence in handling quantitative materials, by pointing to how they can be used to support understanding of economic and social history.

        Note that this is an exercise in understanding economic and social history, not in mathematics!


        Materials for this seminar will be available on Moodle from Friday 25 January, and some copies will be distributed in class.

    4. Seminar Topic 4: The Interwar Body: Sexuality and Social Control 16 items
      1. Seminar readings 4 items
        1. Queer voices in post-war Scotland: male homosexuality, religion and society - Jeffrey Meek, Palgrave Connect (Online service) 2015

          Book  Chapter 2, esp. pp. 19-38

      2. Further reading 12 items
    5. Seminar Topic 5: Oral history and theory: reading narratives 8 items
      1. Essential reading 4 items
        1. It is essential that you read at least one of the ten transcripts on Moodle in preparation for this seminar, as well as a selection from the reading below. 

        2. Oral history theory - Lynn Abrams, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2016

          Book Essential See: Chapters 1 and 2.

        3. Memory - Luisa Passerini 1983

          Article Essential

      2. Further reading 4 items
        1. The houses of history: a critical reader in twentieth century history and theory - Anna Green, Kathleen Troup c1999

          Book Further See: Chapter 9.

        2. Listening to history: the authenticity of oral evidence - Trevor Lummis 1987

          Book Further See: Chapter 1, pp. 11-15, available online.

    6. Seminar Topic 6: Oral History Project 18 items
      1. This is the reading list for your Project.

      2. Question 17 items
        1. Essential reading 8 items
          1. Gender and political identities in Scotland, 1919-1939 - Annmarie Hughes c2010 (electronic resource)

            Book Essential See: Chapter 1 and 4.

          2. Young women, work, and family in England 1918-1950 - Selina Todd, Oxford University Press 2005 (electronic resource)

            Article Essential Chapter: Selina Todd, ‘Entering Employment'

          3. The rise of consumer society in Britain, 1880-1980 - John Benson 1994

            Book Essential See: Chapter 8, pp. 180-203, available online.

          4. Women's leisure in England, 1920-60 - Claire Langhamer 2000

            Book Essential See: Chapter 5, pp. 133-186, available online.

        2. Further reading 9 items
          1. Scotland in the twentieth century - T. M. Devine, Richard J. Finlay 1996

            Book Further See: McIvor A., Gender apartheid? Women in Scottish society.

          2. Classes and cultures: England, 1918-1951 - Ross McKibbin, Oxford University Press 1998 (electronic resource)

            Book Further See: Chapter IV.

          3. More than munitions: women, work and the engineering industries, 1900-1950 - Clare Wightman c1999

            Book Further See: pp. 15-25.

          4. Young women, work, and family in England 1918-1950 - Selina Todd, Oxford University Press 2005 (electronic resource)

            Article Further Chapter: Selina Todd, ‘Beyond the Workplace: Leisure and Courtship’

          5. Classes and cultures: England, 1918-1951 - Ross McKibbin, Oxford University Press 1998 (electronic resource)

            Book Further See: Part V.

    7. Seminar Topic 7: Decline and Deindustrialisation 20 items
      1. Seminar reading 3 items
        1. Twentieth-century Britain: economic, cultural and social change - Askews & Holts Library Services 2014

          Book Essential Chapter: Nicholas Crafts, ‘The British Economy’, pp. 7-25

      2. Further reading 17 items
        1. Understanding decline: perceptions and realities of British economic performance - P. F. Clarke, Clive Trebilcock 1997

          Book Further Chapter: D. Cannadine, ‘Apocalpyse when? British Politicians and British “decline” in the twentieth century’, pp. 261-84

        2. The Cambridge economic history of modern Britain 2014

          Book Further Chapter: M.Kitson and J.Michie, ‘The de-industrial revolution: the rise and fall of UK manufacturing 1870-2010’, pp. 302-309.

        3. The Cambridge economic history of modern Britain 2014

          Book Further Chapter: N. Crafts, 'Economic growth during the long twentieth century’, pp. 26-59.

        4. The Cambridge economic history of modern Britain 2014

          Book Further Chapter: S. Broadberry, 'The rise of the service sector', pp. 330-361.

        5. De-industrialization and foreign trade - Bob Rowthorn, J. R. Wells 1987

          Book Further

        6. De-industrialisation - F. T. Blackaby, National Institute of Economic and Social Research 1978

          Book Further

        7. England and the aeroplane: an essay on a militant and technological nation - David Edgerton, University of Manchester. Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine c1991

          Book Further

        8. Going south: why Britain will have a Third World economy by 2014 - Larry Elliott, Dan Atkinson 2012

          Book Further

        9. The Geography of de-industrialisation - Ron Martin, Bob Rowthorn 1986

          Book Further

    8. Seminar Topic 8: Youth Culture in Post-1945 Britain 26 items
      1. Seminar reading 4 items
        1. Folk devils and moral panics: the creation of the mods and the rockers - Stanley Cohen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential

        2. A companion to contemporary Britain: 1939-2000 - Paul Addison, Harriet Jones, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2005 (electronic resource)

          Book Essential Chapter 8: Bill Osgerby, ‘Youth Culture’

      2. Further reading 22 items
        1. Cultures of popular music - Andy Bennett 2001

          Book Further Chapter 1

        2. Comparative youth culture: the sociology of youth cultures and youth subcultures in America, Britain and Canada - Mike Brake, Dawson Books 1985 (electronic resource)

          Book Further Chapter 3: Brake, M., ‘Just Another Brick in the Wall’

        3. Folk devils and moral panics: the creation of the mods and the rockers - Stanley Cohen, Ebooks Corporation Limited 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book Further

        4. Youth culture in modern Britain, c.1920-c.1970: from ivory tower to global movement - a new history - David Fowler 2008

          Book Further Chapter: David Fowler, ‘The Mod Culture in Swinging Britain, 1964-1967’

        5. Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of ‘Consensus’ in Post-War Britain - Jon Garland, Keith Gildart, Anna Gough-Yates, Paul Hodkinson 09/2012

          Article Further

        6. Resistance through rituals: youth subcultures in post-war Britain - Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson 2006

          Book Further

        7. Subculture: the meaning of style - Dick Hebdige 1979

          Book Further

        8. Policing youth: Britain, 1945-70 - Louise A. Jackson, Angela Bartie 2014

          Book Further Chapter 6: Louise Jackson & Angela Bartie, ‘Commercial Leisure’

        9. ‘The Coffee Club Menace’ - Louise A. Jackson 09/2008

          Article Further

        10. Baby-Boomers to ‘Beanstalkers’ - Selina Todd, Hilary Young 09/2012

          Article Further

        11. The Ted scare - C. Williamson 2014

          Article Further

    9. Seminar Topic 9: Exam preparation 1 item
      1. Materials for this seminar will be available on Moodle from Friday 10 March, and some copies will be distributed in class.