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This book is a must-have for any student of modern British political history, or even for someone interested in contemporary British politics. Though not a work that is likely to be read cover-to-cover, it offers numerous summaries of the people, phrases, and events that shaped British politics over the last century, with entries written by many of the leading historians of the field.
What makes it so valuable as a reference work, though, is the indexing the editors provide at the beginning of the book. This allows the reader to peruse the book not just by the alphabetical entries, but by such topical categories as issue, theory, legislation, political organization, and others, which provides a means of obtaining a general introduction to numerous subject areas. Finally, many of the entries include brief lists of books that readers can go to learn more about the various subjects. Though such listings risk becoming dated, the rest of this book will stand for some time as an essential reference work on twentieth-century British politics, without which no library on the topic will be complete.