- Join over 1.2 million students every month
- Accelerate your learning by 29%
- Unlimited access for just £4.99 per month
Post-war consensus was a myth. Discuss.
The first 200 words of this essay...
'Post-war consensus was a myth'. Discuss.
In 1945 Clement Attlee was elected Prime Minister of Great Britain. In the ensuing years, certain historians believe that there was a political consensus, a debate which was laid out by Paul Addison in 1975.1 However other historians such as Harriet Jones have disagreed with this and argue that this post-war political consensus was a myth. Other historians such as Kavanagh and Morris have defined consensus as "a high level of agreement at both elite and popular levels".2 This essay will argue that there was consensus among the British political elite, however, it will also argue that, at 'popular levels' there is the view that a consensus between these supporters of the conservative and labour parties did not exist.
The argument that post-war consensus was a myth is supported by the differences between their policies, as seen in the 1950's election manifestos. In 1950 the Labour party were pursuing a policy of nationalisation of key industries within the British economy, for example the coal, electric and steel sectors. This is clearly stated in their manifesto with their defence of this policy arguing that "in 1949 output was 28 million tonnes
Found what you're looking for?
- Start learning 29% faster today
- Over 150,000 essays available
- Just £4.99 a month
Not the one? We have 100's more
1950-1999 (view all)
- What are the major factors that led to the end of the cold w...
- Explain the origins of the Cold War.
- Origins and responsibilities for starting the Cold War.
- Did Britain become a Classless Society after 1945?
- Clarify the nature of 'terror' - Explain its role and assess...
- Discuss how and why British culture changed so dramatically ...
- Konrad Adeneur. Adenauer understood that rearmament was an ...
- Analysis of Jean Hatzfeld's novel, The Antelope's Strategy: ...
- Assess the success and failures of Thatcherism.
- Critically evaluate the revisionist position that it was the...
""Ruth, British Virgin Islands. University Student. Constitutional and Administrative Law.
""Natalie. Criminology, Politics, Psychology and Economics. University Student.