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REVISION GUIDE
Making Of Modern Britain,
1951-2007




BRITAIN IN 1951
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POLITICS

Three key turning points during this period
1951 election > start of 13 years Conservative rule
1979 election > start of Thatcher dominance lasting 11 years
1997 election > start of New Labour dominance (so far 13 years)

1951 saw end of Labour and Attlee in government ­ had…

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1951: not obvious that 13 years of Conservative dominance were about to begin. Churchill looked tired and the Conservatives unlikely
to be able to deal with Britain's economic troubles. However, there came a succession of 3 Conservative PM's ­ Churchill, Eden, and
Macmillan.
Not a landmark victory as Labour almost…

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Labour and Conservative governments during the next 35 years. Until Thatcher came into power in 1979 and deliberately challenged
this CONSENSUS, there was a BROAD LEVEL OF AGREEMENT on what were the major domestic and foreign issues and how they
were to be handled.
Britain of 1951 was shaped by…

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POTENTIAL EXAM QUESTION: Explain why there was a post-war consensus
This is only a suggested idea of how you could approach the question
Introduction: outline key words and period, list factors to be discussed
Paragraph One: Attlee's legacy and the feeling of national unity
· Popularity of NHS ­ couldn't…

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300,000 homes target, arrival of new towns such as Corby in 1940's saw them expand in 1950's, farmers did well (state subsidies), end
of rationing 1954.
Surge in ownership of consumer goods > TVs, white goods, furniture. Symbol of affluence.

1955 GENERAL ELECTION - Why did the Tories win? Win…

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Age of Affluence continuing > Post war boom and consumer prosperity and confidence
Supermac personality and flair, cabinet of efficient managers
Economic recovery by 1959 coinciding with April tax cuts
Ineffective opposition - Divisions of Labour (disagreements over character of party, how far the party should push for a socialist…

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Conservative Party continues to survive and dominate in 1957 despite Suez Crisis due to rising living standards and the age of
affluence. Macmillan aware couldn't last > double message in his `Never had it so good' speech - pleased about spread of affluence &
consumer prosperity (Cons given credit for…

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CONSERVATIVE ECONOMICS ­ GOLDEN AGE OR PERIOD OF ECONOMIC DECLINE?

Barnett ­ Economic Decline!
· 1970's inevitable culmination of long term economic decline
· Failed to control spending or face down wage demands from unions
· British industry failed to modernise
· Britain's world trade ­ ¼ 1951 to 1/10th…

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GENERAL ELECTION 1964
Close run contest with Labour squeezing to victory by 4 seats. Why?
Run of scandals and `events' 1962-3 e.g. Profumo, Vassall affair, spy scandals
Government embarrassed by French rejection of EEC application
Sense of a power vacuum following the resignation of Macmillan and doubts over choosing a…

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Fab summary resources - key points to refresh and aid revision. Thank you

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I wish it was WJEC but the information is brilliant and I can use some of the stuff :) thanks for posting!

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