The fallout from Brexit and Covid-19, ongoing political turmoil, economic decline and calls for a second Scottish independence referendum make for deeply uncertain times in contemporary Britain. What will the country look like in five years from now? Will it even exist in its present form?Introducing you to all aspects of British history, geography, society, politics, economy and culture, this book guides you through the country’s enduring features and recent trends: -Growing racial, religious, national and cultural diversity-Demographic shifts, including the move from a welfare state to a stakeholder society-The altered balance of power among government institutions, as the UK adapts to life outside the EU-Shifts in economic policy, following the impact of Brexit, Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine-Changing voter attitudes, with questions raised about the balance between the major political parties-The impact of social media and alternative communications channels on media, culture and politics.With key data, further reading suggestions and case studies on topics such as attitudes towards the monarchy, regional inequalities and national cuisine, Contemporary Britain is the ideal introduction for students and interested general readers alike.
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