Winds of Change: Post-War Britain, 1945 - 1965 - Book List

This book list makes no claims to be comprehensive. The number of books and biographies published on post-war Britain is enormous, and their number seems to grow week by week. Although this makes the subject very exciting it does make it difficult to provide a book list which is useful and reasonably up to date. Here are a few suggestions which I have found useful, I am sure you will know of others which you feel ought to have been included…


Clarke, P. Hope and Glory: Britain 1900 - 1990
London: Penguin, 1997

McKibbin, R. Parties and People: England 1914-1951
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
(An essential and insightful background to the politics of the period)


Addison, P. Now the War is Over: A Social History of Britain, 1945 - 51
London: Pimlico, 1995

Akhtar, M. The 50s and 60s: A Lifestyle Revolution
London: Boxtree/Pan Macmillan, 2001

Atkinson, H. The Festival of Britain: A Land and its People
London: I.B. Tauris, 2012

Blake, R. The Conservative Party from Peel to Major
London: Heinemann, 1997

Boxer, A. The Conservative Governments 1951 - 1964
London: Longman, 1996

Bray, C. 1965 - The Year Modern Britain was Born
London: Simon & Schuster, 2014

Burleigh, M. Small Wars, Far Away Places: The Genesis of the Modern World, 1945 - 65
London: Macmillan, 2013

Clarke, P. A Question of Leadership: From Gladstone to Blair - 2nd ed.
London: Penguin, 1999

Conekin, B. The Autobiography of a Nation: The 1951 Festival of Britain
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003

Davenport-Hines, R. An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo
London: HarperPress, 2013

Doyle, P. & Evans, P. National Service
Oxford: Shire, 2012

Gorst, A. The Suez Crisis (Routledge sources in history)
London: Routledge, 1996

Gourvish, T. & O'Day, A. (eds) Britain Since 1945
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991

Hampton, J. The Austerity Olympics: When the Games came to London in 1948
London: Aurum, 2012

Harris, K. Attlee - Revised edition
London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995

Harrison, B. Seeking a Role: The United Kingdom, 1951-1970
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2009

Harrison, B. The Transformation of British Politics, 1860-1995
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996

Hennessy, P. & Seldon, A. (eds) Ruling Performance: British Governments from Attlee to Thatcher
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987

Hennessy, P. Never Again: Britain, 1945 - 1951
London: Jonathan Cape, 1992

Hennessy, P. Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties
London: Allen Lane, 2006

Hennessy, P. The Prime Minister: The Office and its Holders Since 1945
London: Allen Lane, 2000

Horne, A. Harold Macmillan. Volume 1: 1894 - 1956. Volume 2: 1957 - 1986
London: Macmillan, 1988 and 1989

Hurd, G. (ed) National Fictions: World War Two in British Films and Television
London: British Film Institute, 1984

Jago, M. Clement Attlee: The Inevitable Prime Minister
London: Bireback, 2014

Jefferys, K. The Attlee Governments 1945 - 1951
London: Longman, 1992

Jenkins, R. Churchill
London: Macmillan, 2001

Kynaston, D. Austerity Britain 1945 - 1951
London: Bloomsbury, 2007

Kynaston, D. Family Britain 1951 - 1957
London: Bloomsbury, 2009

Kynaston, D. Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957 - 59
London: Bloomsbury, 2013

Kynaston, D. Modernity Britain, Book Two: A Shake of the Dice, 1959 - 1962
London: Bloomsbury, 2015

Leech, K. Youthquake: The Growth of a Counter-Culture through Two Decades
London: Sheldon Press, 1973

Lloyd, T. Empire, Welfare State, Europe: History of the United Kingdom, 1906 - 2001 - 5th ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002

Lowe, K. Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War Two
London: Viking, 2012

Manvell, R. Films and the Second World War
London: Dent, 1974

Marr, A. The Making of Modern Britain
London: Macmillan, 2009

May, A. Britain and Europe since 1945
Harlow: Pearson, 1999

Morgan, K.O. Labour in Power 1945-1951
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1984

Morris, J. Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat
London: Faber, 1998

Murphy, P. Monarchy and the End of Empire: The House of Windsor, the British government, and the Post-war Commonwealth
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013

Murphy, R. British Cinema and the Second World War
London: Continuum, 2000

Nicolson, V. Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes: The Story of Women in the 1950s
London: Viking Penguin, 2015

Noakes, L. (ed) British Cultural Memory and the Second World War
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Paris, M. (ed) Repicturing the Second World War: Representations in Film and Television
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

Ramsden, J. Man of the Century: Winston Churchill and his Legend since 1945
New York: Columbia University Press, 2002

Ramsden, J. 'The Dam Busters.'
London: Tauris, 2002

Richards, J. Films and British National Identity: From Dickens to Dad's Army
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997

Robbins, K. Churchill (Profiles in Power)
London: Longman, 1992

Sandbrook, D. Never Had it So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles
London: Little, Brown, 2005

Sandbrook, D. White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties
London: Little, Brown, 2006

Shindler, C. National Service: From Aldershot to Aden, Tales from the Conscripts, 1946 - 62
London: Sphere, 2012

Sked, A. Post-War Britain: A Political History - 4th ed.
London: Penguin, 1993

Smith, M. Britain and 1940: History, Myth and Popular Memory
London: Routledge, 2000

Thomas-Symonds, N. Attlee: A Life in Politics
London: Tauris, 2010

Thorpe, D.C. Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan
London: Chatto and Windus, 2012

Thorpe, D.C. Eden: The Life and Times of Anthony Eden, First Earl of Avon, 1897 - 1977
London: Chatto & Windus, 2003

Vinen, R. National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945 - 1963
London: Allen Lane, 2014

Webb, S. The Best Days of our Lives: School-life in Post-War Britain
Stroud: The History Press, 2013

Wegs, J.R. Europe Since 1945: A Concise History - 3rd edition
Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991

Young, J.W. Cold War Europe 1945 - 1991 - 2nd edition.
London: Arnold, 1996

Andrew Lacey
January 2016

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