Readership: All those interested in the contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural history of Britain
Brian Harrison, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford
"there is a hugely impressive breadth of reference and eye for detail on display here." - Lawrence Black, Journal of Modern History, on Seeking a Role and Finding a Role?
"No historian is better equipped to tackle a study of modern Britain in its wondrous complexity than Harrison... Finding a role?... is a major achievement" - Frank Prochaska, Times Literary Supplement
"A brilliant work of modern history... [with] a range and depth, which should ensure that it... is regarded as a classic for years to come" - Richard Weight, History Today
"Harrison's narrative is rich in both the range of the subjects he discusses and the detail in which they are analysed" - John
Callaghan, British Scholar
"These two magisterial volumes [Seeking a Role and Finding a Role?] ... offer a consistently stimulating and formidably well-informed analysis of then condition of England since 1950, as it was shaped both by the wider world and its own internal development." - Richard Whiting, History
"This is a great and virtuosic work, an essential book that enriches our understanding and never fails to reward its reader time and time again" - Sean Moran, History, Reviews of New Books
"A sweeping assessment of British history... Comprehensive and thorough...the definitive starting point for any student or academic wishing to engage with this complex and fascinating period." - LIMINA: A Journal of
Historical and Cultural Studies, on Seeking a Role and Finding a Role?
"Lucidly written, meticulously researched, and comprehensive in scope, the book stands out as a work of rare depth and sophistication. It is a landmark attempt to come to terms with Britain's contemporary history... Harrison has written a formidable book, replete with significance and interest. Scholars and students of modern Britain will be returning to it again and again in the years to come, both as an unrivalled source of information and as an eloquent contribution to a historiographical debate that will run and run" - Ben Jackson, English Historical Review
"a major achievement of modern historical analysis" - CHOICE
1: THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE WORLD
2: THE FACE OF THE COUNTRY
3: THE SOCIAL STRUCTURE
4: FAMILY AND WELFARE
5: INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE
6: INTELLECT AND CULTURE
7: POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT
8: RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT
CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS
Listen to Brian Harrison, Linda Colley, Rana Mitter and Patrick Wright taking part in the panel discussion 'Writing National History' at the British Academy. Click here to listen to the discussion audio.