HISE 335 Britain in Decline?

This is a history of Britain since 1945. The course will focus on perceptions of Britains decline and the debates that have developed around that subject. These include not only Britains decline as a great power, but also the debate over economic decline and whether there was some sort of failure, and the debate over cultural decline and the influence of Americanization and mass culture. Special attention will be paid to social and cultural developments as indications of dramatic improvement rather than decline, as well as the more traditional issues surrounding Britains economy and its role in the world.