A Companion to Contemporary Britain covers the key themes and debates of 20th-century history from the outbreak of the Second World War to the end of the century. The book assesses the impact of the Second World War; looks at Britain's role in the wider world, including the legacy of Empire, Britain's 'special relationship' with the United States, and integration with continental Europe; explores cultural issues, such as class consciousness, immigration and race relations, changing gender roles, and the impact of the mass media; covers domestic politics and the ecomy; introduces the varied perspectives dominating historical writing on this period; and identifies the key issues which are likely to fuel future debate.
Paul Addison is Director of the Centre for WWII Studies at the University of Edinburgh. His books include The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War (1975) and Churchill on the Home Front 1900-1955 (1992). Harriet Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.