British Political History: 1945 to 2010
This course provides an overview, both chronological and thematic, of post-war British politics. The period of 1945 to 2010 saw much upheaval in the political landscape, with far-reaching social, economic and cultural repercussions. Many figures set themselves astride the political stage, only to end their careers in failure, ignominy and controversy. From Attlee's austerity to the Cameron-Clegg coalition, a range of historical developments and landmarks are chosen for examination. Did this period comprise the loss of greatness or the dawning of a new era in our political lives? No prior knowledge is needed, though class discussion and participation is encouraged.