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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education (31 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340965959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340965955
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.5 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Lynch is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests are in modern European and Chinese history and his recent publications include: Mao (2004), Modern China (2006), Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894-1941 (2008), and Nazi Germany (2012).

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'This book has been essential to my study and it contains a comprehensive history of Britain from 1945-2007, outlining clearly the economic, foreign and social policies of each significant period (e.g. 1951-64, '64-79 etc), which is brilliant for creating essay plans and for general revision.' (Amazon reviewer)

As a teacher of Edexcel A level modern British History this is the book we have been waiting for. (Amazon reviewer)

This is an essential book for anyone studying this period. Everything is well explained and nothing missed from the period in question. The book is also easy to understand and unlike some text books is not boring to read. (Amazon reviewer)

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Ensure your students have access to the authoritative and in-depth content of this popular and trusted A Level History series.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Level teacher on 30 April 2009
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As a teacher of Edexcel A level modern British History this is the book we have been waiting for. What a great pity the publishers failed to get this out in time for the start of the new spec. in Sept 2008. This is clear and concise with no chronological jumping around other text books are prone to. My students have had to buy the book themselves and all those that have find it really helpful.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Jan 2013
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I bought this book as a student studying for an A-level in my spare time. I found the book to be very comprehensive, covering all the major events and themes in adequate detail, and to have very useful example questions and study guides at the end of each section. Disappointingly there was no bibliography or suggestions for further reading but by the time they've reached their A-level most students should be capable of finding their own sources.

What I was less impressed with, however, was some of the content and tone of the writing. There seemed to be rather token efforts at balance and some poorly evidenced arguments. These were most glaring in the final chapter, where the author makes a number of completely unsupported assertions. For example a section on crime says "It was certainly true that between 1997 and 2007 crime and social disorder grew and the streets were less safe". There is very little support for this statement, with the author only quoting gross crime statistics from 2007 and no attempt made to show change over time. In fact most of the available statistics suggest that crime rates stagnated or fell between 1997 and 2007. Similarly, on education the author states that "there was still an underlying feeling that the system had let its pupils and the nation down". There are no sources cited, no statistics quoted and no evidence attached; it appears to simply be the author's opinion.

Most damning, however, is the statement near the end of the book where the author declares "Harriet Harman and Tony Blair himself sent their children to private schools". This is a flat-out factual inaccuracy as neither Harriet Harman's nor Tony Blair's children attended private schools (at least in the specified time frame).
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. N. Bishop on 29 Jun 2010
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To begin with, I am an A2 AQA history student who took this exam last week. This book has been essential to my study and it contains a comprehensive history of Britain from 1945-2007, outlining clearly the economic, foreign and social policies of each significant period (e.g. 1951-64, '64-79 etc), which is brilliant for creating essay plans and for general revision.

There are two problems however that I've found with this book:

1) A minor one is that they split the Thatcher rule into two chapters, covering most of her time in office in one and then just the Poll Tax and a conclusion in the other. Thus, partly due to my own fault, it's easy to overlook the Poll Tax during revision as when you read the predominantly Thatcher chapter, you fall into a false sense of security that you've finished her period and thus miss out issues such as the Poll Tax in subsequent practice essay plans you may create.

2) The bigger problem is the bias against Tony Blair. Yes, he is a controversial figure and one can raise issue with a lot of his policies, but the book is overwhelmingly bias against him, to the point that even positive things that Labour did e.g. raise employment by around 2.5 million, the author finds fault in and somehow turns this into a negative aspect of Blair's time in office. Oddly, and perhaps thankfully, the author manages to balance the most controversial aspect of this period, the Iraq war. If you're taking an exam and you believe Blair will pop up, then try and find at least one other source of information which balances this negative review of him.
There is also a running thread of Euro-scepticism in the book, which basically criticises Britain's increased involvement in the EU.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Janice Millinship on 4 Oct 2009
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(Just an FYI - I am the daughter of the account holder)

Michael Lynch creates a book well worth buying for any student, and even anyone just interested in an accessible, easily digestible textbook.

What I found particularly helpful, as a Unit 2, Edexcel student at AS (examined June 2009), were the study guides at the end of each chapter, that includes a practice question. Lynch sets out practical and useful ways to plan essays, as well as a logical plan of all the 'own knowledge' needed to get full marks.

With almost entirely the help of this book (and my teachers of course...;]) I needed to sit the exam only once, and achieved 100%.

To summarise - doing a course in Britain 1945 onwards, or just generally interested? THEN BUY THIS BOOK!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Student120 on 20 April 2012
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This is essentially all the material I used for my A level histroy exam, it provides detail and is easy to read - I went through and highlighted key bits of it for the exam and came out with 89% so it can't be that bad! Read in combination with Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain [DVD] to enliven the revision experience.
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