A Divided Kingdom? A View of 20th Century Britain

Written by: Pat Thane


Are we really a United Kingdom? In a year that has seen the British public trying to grasp the politics at play with the dreaded B-word, we look back at some key moments in British politics and social surveys since 1900. Pat Thane’s remarkable analysis of data across the 20th Century United Kingdom outlines with clarity the inequalities faced by UK society over the last 100 years, examining race, class, gender, sexuality and more, and attempts to resolve them, in a comprehensive survey.

In a recent round-table discussion hosted by the European University Institute, Professor Sally Alexander of Goldsmith’s University commented that Professor Thane’s book inadvertently poses these important questions to the current government:


What can you do, and can you learn from this?

You can watch the full discussion from the European University Institute, organised by Laura Lee Downs, here.

Divided Kingdom (September 2018) is available for both purchasing and inspection copy requests. Find out more by visiting www.cambridge.org/Thane.

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About the Author: Pat Thane

Pat Thane graduated in Modern History from Oxford, then gained her PhD at LSE in the Dept of Social Science and Administration. She was, successively, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader in Social History, Dept of Social Sciences, Goldsmiths College, University of London; Professor of Contemporary History, School of Social Sciences, University of Sus...

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