A reference guide to the British way of life which explains the often puzzling and confusing terms and phrases used routinely in Britain and by British people. This easy-reference alphabetical guide sheds light on a comprehensive selection of words, phrases, organizations and institutions. All these are fundamental features of British civilization and society, and include aspects of politics and government, the law, economics and industry, education, the media, religion and social welfare, health and housing and leisure and transport.
Reviews of the previous editions: 'John Oakland is the doyen of civilization studies.' British Studies Now 'This is a first rate, lucidly written text.' G.E.C. Paton, Aston University 'Suitable above all because it covers so many areas of contemporary institutions ...a useful reference work.' Patrick Leech, University of Bologna 'Strikes a balance between providing up-to-date information and being a source of general reference.
Provides a comprehensive introduction to a range of aspects of Britain, including its country and people, politics and government, education, the economy, the media, arts and religion. This work discusses the developments and topics of specific interest in British society such as GM foods and immigration and Britain's relationship with the US.
The Barbarous Years Original publication and copyright date: 2012. Full description
When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, Britain was home to only 30,000 Jews and they did not yet have full political rights. By the end of the century their numbers had increased about sevenfold, and practising Jews had taken their places in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Victoria's reign therefore saw a tremendous change in the profile of Jews within British society.
The eighth edition of this highly-praised textbook has been substantially updated and revised to provide students of British studies with the perfect introduction to Britain, its country and people, politics and government, education, economy, media, arts and religion. It includes: * discussion of recent developments and areas of topical interest in British society such as immigration, the recession, devolution and the Scottish Referendum and Britain's relationships with the US and the EU * coverage of the 2015 general election and its implications for the future * new full-colour illustrations * exercises and questions to stimulate class discussion * insights into the attitudes of British people today towards important issues * updated suggestions for further reading and useful websites.