The People's War II (Case studies, myths and conclusions)

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  • The People's War II (Case studies, myths and conclusions)
    • Case Study One: Electoral Politics
      • In 1935 election, Conservatives had just under 50% of vote
        • In 1945, Labour had just under 50% of vote
      • Steven Fielding
        • 'Instead of promoting pro-Labour sentiment it seems that the conflict left many members of the public disengaged from political process and cynical about motives of all politicians'
          • 'As a consequence, rather than have Labour hold office by itself the generally favoured outcome appears to have been formation of a progressive coalition committed to implementation of the Beveridge report.'
      • Labour victory in 1945 was product of WW2
      • Conservatives more celebratory of capitalism and individualism as opposed to Labour who favour collectivism
      • Steven Fielding argues people did not vote for socialism but to keep Conservatism out of office
        • Some historians argue if it was simply a question of keep Conservatives out, why did the Liberals not increase their number of seats?
          • few went from Conservatives to Liberals even in seats where it was more likely for Liberals to win than Labour
      • Argument not many people truly understood the reform
    • Case Study Two: Social Solidarity
      • Responses to the Beveridge report
      • Rationing
      • Gender relations
      • Industrial relations
      • Sonya Rose
        • The exclusionary nature of ideas about national citizenship
      • Steven Fielding
        • Contradictions regarding women's civic identities
      • Calder
        • The nature of Britain's class system and the uneven distribution of social and economic burdens
      • Fielding et. al. 1995
        • 'The widespread identification with place...remained stubbornly intact'
      • Post-war hostility to wartime controls
    • Myths and their Significance
      • Myths can have real social consequences
      • Rose
        • '[N]ational identities were real to people who debated, contested, and protested them. It is precisely because people seem to care so much about them that they demand study.'
    • Conclusion
      • There is a vibrant debate about social change that was brought about by Second World War
      • Contributors to this debate have often held different methodological and theoretical assumptions
      • Intervening in this debate will require you to consider the status and significance of myths and memory


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