By David P. Christopher

British tradition: An advent presents a accomplished advent to imperative facets of tradition and the humanities in Britain this present day, and makes use of a actual method of position them inside of a transparent, historic context. subject matters comprise: * the social and cultural atmosphere: politics and society 1950-1999, together with immigration, feminism, Thatcherism and the humanities and the Blair revolution* language and tradition: accents and minority languages, broadcasting and public existence* the radical, poetry and theatre* cinema: Hammer Horror, James Bond, Ealing comedies, black British movie, Trainspotting, the whole Monty and ancient epics* tv and radio: cleaning soap opera, crime sequence and sitcoms* renowned song and style: The Beatles, punk, Britpop, culture and elegance* artwork and sculpture: Bacon, Hockney, Gilbert and George and Hirst* structure and interiors. every one bankruptcy specializes in key subject matters of contemporary years, and provides particular emphasis to remarkable artists inside of every one quarter. The ebook additionally strengthens research abilities, via follow-up actions and recommendations for additional interpreting which seem on the finish of every bankruptcy. a true must-read for all scholars of British historical past and tradition.

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Society and culture In spite of the progress made by the women’s movement since the 1960s, Britain’s institutions have remained largely male-dominated. Within Parliament there are still relatively few female MPs, with 24 in 1945, 41 in 1987 and 141 of 650 MPs after the election of 1997. In 1990 there were no female Law Lords and only 1 in 80 was a High Court judge. Within the Church of England, women could not be ordained until 1992 and continue to be excluded from the orders of bishops, deacons and priests.

It became the film of the moment and won four Oscars. In architecture, there were few advances during the early 1980s. The construction industry was at a standstill due to a lack of investment and low economic confidence. But the renovation of older buildings frequently provided cheaper, more attractive solutions, and started to become a common practice. Later in the decade when credit restrictions were lifted, 15 B R I T I S H C U LT U R E there was a period of accelerated growth. New high-technology office blocks were built in a fashionable post-modern style.

Moreover, the expansion of the British Empire required clear standards of language which would be intelligible to all foreigners. The Education Act of 1870 helped to meet this need. It made education compulsory for all children up to 11 years old. As class sizes grew, the demand for a more exclusive private education increased and the number of public schools expanded. Rich and upper-class children from around Britain were brought together in the new public schools, where they were taught a standard of written English.

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