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p. 615. The Post-War Worldlocked

p. 615. The Post-War Worldlocked

  • Kenneth O. Morgan


Post-war Britain saw the rise of a social democracy based on a mixed economy and a welfare state, which led to a sustained period of political harmony and cultural renewal. ‘The Post-War World’ discusses improvements in living standards brought about by the welfare state, the withdrawal from empire, and the subsequent economic pressures that threatened the standard of living. The 1950s saw the nation experiencing steadily rising living standards and a cultural golden era, but this was not to last. The economic hardship of the 1960s and 1970s threatened the fabric of society, as strikes mounted and nationalistic and racist sentiment spread.

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