In the twentieth century England lost an empire, built a welfare state, and began to accept the idea of being part of Europe. Abroad her relative power declined; at home life became more tolerable for the unfortunate and more secure for the majority of the people. This book surveys these two great currents of change and examines their political and economic implications.
For this fifth edition of Empire, Welfare State, Europe, Professor Lloyd has thoroughly revised the text and brought the Bibliography up to date. He has included a completely new chapter which brings the story right up to the general election of May 2001.
T. O. Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Toronto. His publications include The British Empire (OUP 1996), Empire, Welfare State, Europe (OUP, 1970, 1979, 1986, 1993) and Empire (Hambledon and London 2001).
1. Time of Hope (1906-1911) ; 2. Heedless of their fate (1911-1914) ; 3. 'Blow out, you bugles, over the rich dead' (1914-1918) ; 4. Rooted in nothing (1918-1922) ; 5. From the Carlton Club to the General Strike (1922-1926) ; 6. The years of inaction (1926-1931) ; 7. The National Government (1931-1939) ; 8. The military side of the war (1939-1945) ; 9. The domestic side of the war (1939-1945) ; 10. The post-war world: dream and reality (1945-1949) ; 11. The afterglow (1949-1956) ; 12. They 'never had it so good' (1957-1961) ; 13. The overstrained economy (1961-1967) ; 14. Cracking under the strain (1968-1976) ; 15. The end of an old song (1976-1985) ; 16. Withering away (1985-1992) ; 17. Search for a new way (1992-2001) ; A note on statistical evidence ; Bibliography ; Maps, Charts, and Tables