The eighth edition of this highly-praised textbook has been substantially updated and revised to provide students of British studies with the perfect introduction to Britain, its country and people, politics and government, education, economy, media, arts and religion. It includes:
discussion of recent developments and areas of topical interest in British society such as immigration, the recession, devolution and the Scottish Referendum and Britain's relationships with the US and the EU
coverage of the 2015 general election and its implications for the future
new full-colour illustrations
exercises and questions to stimulate class discussion
insights into the attitudes of British people today towards important issues
updated suggestions for further reading and useful websites.
Supported by a fully updated companion website (found at www.routledge.com/cw/oakland) featuring further exercises, quiz questions, an interactive timeline, links to relevant articles and videos online and tutor guidance, British Civilization is a vital introduction to the crucial and complex identities of Britain past and present.
John Oakland is former Senior Lecturer in English at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the author (with David Mauk) of American Civilization (2013, now in its sixth edition), Irish Civilization (2012, with Arthur Aughey), British Civilization: A Student's Dictionary (2003, in its second edition), and Contemporary Britain (2001).
List of plates. List of figures. List of tables. Preface and acknowledgements. Chronology of significant dates in British history. 1. The British context. 2. The country. 3. The people. 4. Religion. 5. Politics and government. 6. International relations. 7. The legal system. 8. The economy 9. Social services 10. Education 11. The media 12. Leisure, sports and the arts. Index.