From Blitz to Blair


In the past ten years or so there has been a remarkable growth of interest in Britain's recent past. Right-wing popularisers, such as Correlli Barnett, John Charmley and Andrew Roberts, inspired by Thatcherite politics, have produced a stream of polemics. Meanwhile liberal and academic historians have been left in the stalls. This book aims to rectify the absence of a left-wing version of history since the Second World War. Structured chronologically, it follows the broad phases of government since 1939 - the Attlee years, the Churchill government, the Eden and Macmillan governments, the Wilson years, the 1970s and the Thatcher Years. Leading historians in their particular fields take issue with recent right-wing accounts of the period and propose a coherent alternative of Britain's history since the Second World War.