History 319 (201) Britain since 1945




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When WWII ended with victory for Britain and its allies in both Europe and the Pacific, Britons turned to the transition from “warfare state” to “welfare state.” Over the next half century Britain was transformed in far-reaching ways, and this course explores the cultural, social, and political dimensions of that transformation. Exploring topics ranging from the end of empire and the rise of new forms of sexual and popular culture in the 1950s and 1960s, the political experiments of the 1970s and the rise of “Thatcherism” in the 1980s, to new conflicts and challenges (as well as new forms of political and cultural consensus) at the end of the 20th century, the course traces the ways that class, “race” and ethnicity, religion, and gender and sexuality reshaped British society in the second half of the twentieth century, as well as being reshaped themselves.