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Introduction: Halfway House-Isles and Empire over half a century 1 Keith Robbins Signs of the times 1 Ideals and realities 3 A matter of balance 5 Total war 7 Passing glory? 10 1 British Isles/British Empire: dual mandate/dual identity 13 Keith Jeffery The Empire in the new century 13 The Boer War and its impact 16 Challenges of imperial defence 18 The Empire in the world wars 20 Mobilizing popular imperialism at home and abroad 25 Imperial circuses: Empire exhibitions and ephemera 29 Imperial bread: economics and Empire 33 Imperial commonwealth: democracy and Empire 35 Sport, sterling, and 'sigint' 38 The end of Empire 40 2 Electing the governors/the governance of the elect 43 Duncan Tanner The structure of British politics before 1914 44 The First World War and its aftermath 48 Restructuring postwar politics: electing the governors 50 The imperial dimension 54 The governance of the elect? 58 The National government and the Empire 63 The National government and electoral politics 66 The Second World War and its aftermath: assessing Labour's record 67 3 The British Way and Purpose 73 Keith Robbins British genius 73 The diversity of the kingdom 76 The call of duty 78 Ireland: the parting of the ways 81 Residual consolidation 85 Putting the British case 87 Orchestrating unity 89 Staying special 92 Finest hour and future foreboding 98 4 Being British: creeds and cultures 103 Sidn Nicholas The arts: high, low and mass middlebrow culture 104 Sporting cultures 113 'Being religious' 117 Juvenile and youth culture 119 Women and culture 120 National culture or national cultures? 121 Americanization 124 'Being British': in defence of national culture 125 The Second World War: national culture and national identity 1939-1945 129 A new world coming 134 5 Unity and disunity: the price of victory 137 David Dutton A genuine victory 137 But at what price? 139 Still a world power 142 A European or an imperial destiny? 145 A united kingdom 148 Pulling together for the common good151 Towards a new Jerusalem 152 A postwar consensus 155 A mid-century audit 157 A half-century in perspective 160 6 Declining advantage: the British economy 163 W R. Garside The Edwardian era: 'high summer' or latent decline? 164 The wartime economy, 1914-1918: strains and opportunities 170 The faltering peacetime economy 172 Facing the global economic environment: Britain in the 1920s 176 Turbulent times: slump and recovery in the 1930s 179 Orthodoxy versus radicalism: policy priorities before 1939 183 War and reconstruction again 188 Before the 'golden age': the British economy by 1950 192 7 Riches, poverty, and progress 197 Rodney Lowe The distribution of wealth and income 199 reasons for redistribution 202 the impact on class 203 Poverty 207 social consequences 211 Regional, gender, and racial inequality 215 regional inequality 215 gender inequality 217 racial inequality 220 The welfare role of government 221 Conclusion 226 Conclusion: decline and progress 229 Keith Robbins Further reading 235Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Great Britain History Edward VII, 1901-1910, Great Britain History George V, 1910-1936, Great Britain History George VI, 1936-1952, Ireland History 20th century