Britain since 1960: An Introduction by Brian Spittles

By Brian Spittles

This booklet is key interpreting for somebody learning a degree background or Sociology, British Politics, the British structure, or British stories. it's also tremendous attention-grabbing and priceless examining for somebody who desires to know the way Britain built after the second one international conflict to how, and what, it truly is now. It treats historical past as entertainment, and takes no wisdom without any consideration. All occasions and concepts are defined in traditional language, and quotations from modern newspapers supply a full of life experience of the ambience of the new earlier. The publication covers political occasions, economics and social routine, charting the dynamic alterations taking place in British society when you consider that 1960.

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Youngsters worked themselves into a wild frenzy .... Girls spat in policemen's faces as they marched off youths in Edwardian clothes. (3 September 1956) Although this paper uses the more slangy, or colloquial, style in referring to the music, it still presents it in inverted commas, not quite sure that it is acceptable English. In this report the term is actually spelt in two ways, revealing the uncertainty within the newspaper itself between the subeditor who provided the headline and the reporter who wrote the main story.

It was through, and with, that relative prosperity they expressed their independence. That revolt can be seen in diverse areas of social activity. It partly forms the tension with increasing materialism, and the self-satisfaction that material well-being brought to many people, which runs through the decade. 6. Rebellion in the Streets and Cinemas A sign of popular rebellion on the streets was the appearance of the phenomenon commonly known as 'teddy boys'. The name came from a colourful and comparatively extravagant form of dress very loosely related to the Edwardian period of almost fifty years earlier.

Devaluation meant that the rate of exchange between the British pound and other currencies was cut, leading to increases in the price of imports and making exported goods comparatively cheaper abroad. As the Financial Times explained: 'The object of devaluation is to improve the balance of payments by making exports easier to sell and imports less Britain since 1960 attractive' (25 November 1967). As Britain imported so much the policy inevitably led to an increase in the cost of living. The very unpopularity of the decision had caused its delay, and the longer it had been delayed the worse the situation had become.

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