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A lived religious history of English Catholicism, 1945–82
Author: Alana Harris

Drawing upon a multi-disciplinary methodology employing diverse written sources, material practices and vivid life histories, Faith in the Family seeks to assess the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the ordinary believer, alongside contemporaneous shifts in British society relating to social mobility, the sixties, sexual morality, and secularisation. Chapters examine the changes in the Roman Catholic liturgy and Christology, devotion to Mary, the rosary and the place of women in the family and church, as well as the enduring (but shifting) popularity of Saints Bernadette and Thérèse.

Appealing to students of modern British gender and cultural history, as well as a general readership interested in religious life in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century, Faith in the Family illustrates that despite unmistakable differences in their cultural accoutrements and interpretations of Catholicism, English Catholics continued to identify with and practise the ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ before and after Vatican II.

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Keith Laybourn and John Shepherd

Introduction K eith L aybourn and John Shepherd For more than four decades, Professor Christopher Wrigley, affectionately known as Chris, has been a leading authority on British labour and trade union history, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century British history more generally, with much of his writing in the form of biography. Chris is one of the most influential British historians to have emerged since the Second World War and his ubiquity has earned him the reputation of being almost a Renaissance-like figure in the range and depth of his historical study

in Labour and working-class lives
Peter Yeandle

Citizens of the Future”: Educating children of the Jewish East End’, Twentieth Century British History , 19:4 (2008), 393–418; Tony Kushner, ‘New Narratives, Old Exclusions? British Historiography and Minority Studies’, Immigrants and Minorities , 24:2 ( 2006 ), 47–51.

in Citizenship, Nation, Empire
Pat Thane

sector because the survey was discontinued by the Coalition government in 2010, apparently for reasons of cost. What can we find out about the longer-run story? Historians of social welfare over several decades, the present author included, have paid less attention to the vitality of the voluntary sector than to the growth of state welfare.3 This is ­explicable The ‘Big State’ versus the ‘Big Society’ 33 because the growth of state welfare was a major feature of twentieth-century British history that needed to be explored, though there have been some excellent

in The art of the possible
Space, power and governance in mid-twentieth century British cities

Reconstructing modernity assesses the character of approaches to rebuilding British cities during the decades after the Second World War. It explores the strategies of spatial governance that sought to restructure society and looks at the cast of characters who shaped these processes. It challenges traditional views of urban modernism as moderate and humanist, shedding new light on the importance of the immediate post-war for the trajectory of urban renewal in the twentieth century. The book shows how local corporations and town planners in Manchester and Hull attempted to create order and functionality through the remaking of their decrepit Victorian cities. It looks at the motivations of national and local governments in the post-war rebuilding process and explores why and how they attempted the schemes they did. What emerges is a picture of local corporations, planners and city engineers as radical reshapers of the urban environment, not through the production of grand examples of architectural modernism, but in mundane attempts to zone cities, produce greener housing estates, control advertising or regulate air quality. Their ambition to control and shape the space of their cities was an attempt to produce urban environments that might be both more orderly and functional, but also held the potential to shape society.

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Sue Wheatcroft

, The Brief History of Disability (or, The World Has Always Had Cripples) (privately published, 1992), p. 1.  3 An exception is: S. Wheatcroft, ‘Children’s Experiences of War: Handicapped Children in England during the Second World War’, Twentieth Century British History, 19:4 (2008), 480–501.  4 R. Titmuss, History of the Second World War: Problems of Social Policy (London: Longman, Green & Co., HMSO, 1950).  5 The National Archives (hereafter TNA), ED138/58, letter from Davidson to Bosworth-­Smith, 12 February 1944.  6 N. Middleton and S. Weitzman, A Place for

in Worth saving
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Caitríona Beaumont

BL, National Union of Townswomen’s Guilds Annual Report, 1970. There are no figures available for the CWL. 9 Moyse, A History of the Mothers’ Union, p. 176. 10 WL, WL, 5/FWI/A/2/2/07, Box 40, NFWI Archive, Annual Report, 1971 and Glick, The National Council of Women, p. 63. 11 H. McCarthy and P. Thane, ‘The Politics of Association in Industrial Society’, Twentieth Century British History, 22 (2011), p. 227. 12 Crowson, Hilton and McKay (eds), NGOs in Contemporary Britain. 13 Beaumont, ‘Housewives and Citizens’, pp. 70–72. 14 Amongst the demands

in Housewives and citizens
Social democracy on the home front in Britain during the Second World War
Clare Griffiths

, the Institute of Community Studies, and the politics of kinship’, Twentieth Century British History, 26(2), 203–24. Calder, Angus (1991) The Myth of the Blitz (London: Pimlico). Chapman, James (2000) ‘Why we fight: Pastor Hall and Thunder Rock’, in Alan Burton, Tim O’Sullivan and Paul Wells, The Family Way. The Boulting Brothers and British Film Culture (Trowbridge: Flicks Books), 81–96. A City Reborn (1945) dir. John Eldridge, Gryphon Films, in association with Verity Films/Ministry of Information. Clapson, Mark (2000) ‘Introduction’, Contemporary British History

in Making social democrats
David Thackeray

Chris Wrigley (ed.), A Companion to Early Twentieth-Century Britain (Oxford, 2003), pp. 3–22 at p. 16; Ross McKibbin, Parties and People: England, 1914–1951 (Oxford, 2010), pp. 62–3. 15 Williamson, Stanley Baldwin, p. 206. 16 Ibid., pp. 83–7. 17 Williamson, Stanley Baldwin, p. 33; Ramsden also stresses the centrality of Baldwin to the Conservative Party’s identity after 1924, see his Age of Balfour and Baldwin, pp. 203, 206–11. 18 David Jarvis, ‘Mrs. Maggs and Betty: the Conservative appeal to women voters in the 1920s’, Twentieth Century British History, 5

in Conservatism for the democratic age
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Celia Hughes

’, Contemporary British History, 22:4 (2008), pp. 457–76. Waters, ‘Disorders of the Mind’, p. 141. F. Mort, ‘The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture 2010: The Permissive Society Revisited’, Twentieth Century British History, 22:2 (2011), p. 278. See also A. Bingham, Family Newspapers? Sex, Private Life, and the British Popular Press 1918 –1978 (Oxford, 2009) and L. King, ‘Hidden Fathers? The Significance of Fatherhood in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain’, Contemporary British History, 26:1 (2012), p. 29. Langhamer, ‘Love, Selfhood and Authenticity’, p. 278. C. Steedman, Landscape for a

in Young lives on the Left