chapter  1
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Introduction

On almost any reckoning, the 1914-18 war marks a major watershed between the comparatively stable nineteenth-century world system, focused on British hegemony, and the shifting fortunes of the twentieth century. For historians it may be said that the twentieth century commences in 1914. This book deals with British economic and social experience between the First World War and the present. It is essentially an introduction to modern British economic and social history designed principally for first year university and college students and those without a substantial background in the subject and will also be of use to students at Advanced Level GCE.