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Never again : Britain, 1945-1951

Author: Peter Hennessy
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Authoritative, powerfully engaging, and highly readable - winner of England's most prestigious prize for nonfiction, the NCR Award - Never Again is the definitive history of a crucial moment in twentieth-century England: the years 1945 to 1951, when Britain established a welfare state even as it withdrew from the Empire.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hennessy, Peter, 1947-
Never again.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1993
(OCoLC)756451707
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hennessy
ISBN: 0679433635 9780679433637
OCLC Number: 29548302
Description: xvi, 544 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Who do you think you are kidding? --
Bunting and ballots --
Songs in their hearts --
Building Jerusalem --
Towards the commanding heights --
Jewels from the crown --
Chill from the east --
Ice, dollars and new looks --
Partners, pounds and productivity --
Shot and shell --
Mid-century Britain.
Responsibility: Peter Hennessy.

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Authoritative, powerfully engaging, and highly readable - winner of England's most prestigious prize for nonfiction, the NCR Award - Never Again is the definitive history of a crucial moment in twentieth-century England: the years 1945 to 1951, when Britain established a welfare state even as it withdrew from the Empire.

After the ordeal of World War II, world-class historian Peter Hennessy notes, the British "were driven not merely by the pressing need to turn rubble into factories and homes and roads, but ... to ensure that never again would slump and economic depression be allowed to distil the social poison that made fascism possible." With this mandate, the Labour administration under Clement Attlee established the National Health Service; nationalized the Bank of England, the railroad, and the steel, coal, gas and electric industries; and constructed the welfare state - an ambitious undertaking of social change "on a scale and a duration never surpassed in the nation's history."

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