Module Identifier HY10610  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Richard Coopey  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Alice Russell  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   70%  
  Essay   1 x 2,500 word essay   30%  

Brief description
This module examines the performance of the British economy from 1870 until 1990, a period of transition from domination of the world economy to Britain being one among many industrialised economies. This relative decline coincided with rapid economic growth and ever improving material standards. However, Britain's major competitors experienced even faster growth and were able to overtake Britain in many performance indicators, particularly in the years after the Second World War. The first section of the module covers the years until 1913 and examines Britain's maturity. Part two focuses on wartime upheaval, depression and recovery between 1914 and 1945. The final section assesses Britain's changing position in the world economy as well as developments in economic and social policy since 1945.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
M. Wiener. (1981) English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit. Pelican
W. D. Rubinstein. (1993) Capitalism, Culture and Decline in Britian. Routledge
B. Elbaum and W. Lazonick. (1986) The Decline of the British Economy. Oxford