Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Student Experiences and Day-to-Day Life

  3. Student Organisations and Unions

  4. Student Networks and the Wider Community

  5. Student Activism: Practice and Theory

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 319-328

About this book


This book explores the experiences and activities of students across the twentieth century and throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. The daily experiences of students, their involvement in local communities, national political organisations and widespread cultural changes, are the main focus of this ground-breaking book. It takes students themselves as the subject of inquiry, exploring the fundamental importance of student activities within wider social and political changes and also how some of the key changes across the twentieth century have shaped and changed the make-up, experiences, and lives of students. This book charts the experiences of students throughout a period of unprecedented change as being a student in Britain and Ireland has gone from the endeavour of a small number of elite, mainly wealthy white men, to an important phase of life undertaken by the majority of young people.


University Student activism Youth Education National Union of Students Community engagement

Editors and affiliations

  • Jodi Burkett
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social, Historical and Literary StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Jodi Burkett is Principal Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and founder of the Students in Twentieth-Century Europe research network. She is the author of Constructing Post-Imperial Britain: Britishness, ‘Race’ and the Radical Left in the 1960s (2013).   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Students in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland
  • Editors Jodi Burkett
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-58240-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86357-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-58241-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Britain and Ireland
    Social History
    History of Education
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