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Entries cover ideas (Fascism, Imperialism); issues (Football hooliganism, Welsh language); economics (North Sea oil and gas, Poll tax); legislation (Clean Air Act, 1956; Secret ballot); organizations (Colonial Office, Oxfam); the media (BBC World Service, Morning Post); events (Blitz, General Strike); personalities (Major, John; Orwell, George); and more. Treatment ranges from short, dictionary-style entries to longer discussions of such topics as Arts policy, Immigration, and Liberal Party. Some of the longest entries are devoted to prime ministers. The detailed "Classified Contents List" allows the reader to browse entry headings in topical categories. For instance, "Political Biographies" is sorted by political party as well as by categories such as "Scottish Nationalists," "Private Secretaries to Royal Family," and "Judges." "Election Manifestos" and "Quotations and Phrases" are interesting categories under which entry headings such as Britain Belongs to You and "Jaw-jaw is better than war-war" can be found.
Three appendixes provide tabular data, including dates of the ministries (giving the prime minister, date of formation, and party); officeholders of each ministry; and results of the general elections from 1900 to 2001 with the number of candidates of each party, the number of Members of Parliament elected, and the number of votes.
This readable source would be a worthwhile purchase for academic and larger public libraries, particularly those with substantial British collections. RBB
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