© 2003

Twentieth-Century Britain

A Political History

  • Authors
  • A comprehensive study of successive British governments, from Lord Salisbury to Tony Blair
    The only book currently on the market which examines twentiethcentury British political history in this level of detail
    Aimed at undergraduates and secondary students, but covers more ground than is common in such histories so will have a broader appeal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 1-21
  3. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 22-37
  4. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 67-99
  5. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 100-129
  6. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 130-165
  7. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 194-212
  8. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 213-231
  9. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 232-251
  10. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 252-280
  11. William D. Rubinstein
    Pages 317-333
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 349-356

About this book


Between 1900 and 2000 Britain evolved from a great power at the centre of a world-wide empire, to a successful middle-ranking state whose role in the world remains unclear. In the twentieth century, Britain experienced unparalleled change, fought two world wars, and changed from a society with laissez-faire at its heart to a social democracy, and then to a state broadly committed to free enterprise.

This comprehensive study describes the major political events of the era in a clear and cogent way. William D. Rubinstein presents the history, key personnel, problems and achievements of Britain's successive administrations, from Lord Salisbury's government in 1900 to Tony Blair's 'Cool Britannia'. Ideal for both students and general readers, Rubinstein's book provides a detailed and incisive examination of Britain's political development in the twentieth century.


First World War political evolution political history Thatcher

About the authors

WILLIAM D. RUBINSTEIN is Professor of Modern History at the University of Wales-Aberystwyth. He has written widely on modern British history and on many other subjects.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Twentieth-Century Britain
  • Book Subtitle A Political History
  • Authors William D. Rubinstein
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-77223-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-77224-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-62913-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 356
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
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