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date: 25 March 2019

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This chapter introduces the volume by addressing and evaluating the idea of a ‘crisis’ within post-war political history in general and the political history of Britain in particular. It establishes the rationale for the Handbook and explains its intellectual architecture. Rather than offering a neat synoptic overview of modern British political history, the emphasis here is on the multiplicity of views, interests and perspectives that inform our understanding of the political past. Identifying key areas of debate, and ways in which traditional as well as newer fields of enquiry have shaped that understanding, this chapter underlines the vibrancy, and heterogeneity, of modern British political history.

Keywords: politics, power, political history, Britain, historiography

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