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The People's Peace: British History, 1945-1989
The People's Peace: British History, 1945-1989
By Kenneth O. Morgan
Oxford, 1990, 558 pp

A well-known British historian gives an excellent account of political life since the seeming triumph of 1945. In a fair assessment of mood, achievements and failures, Morgan, impatient with legends and acerbic in style, emphasizes some overlooked successes such as the relatively graceful end of Empire. He is judicious about Mrs. Thatcher's radical changes, but a final verdict is unambiguous and disturbing: "The beleaguered ranks of social workers and investigators of the 1980s documented a society more unsettled, more helpless and to some degree more violent than at any period since the century began."