The Northern Question: A History of a Divided Country

The Northern Question: A History of a Divided Country
Library Shelf Location 11.NORT
Publication Date 06 Oct 2020

A history of the UK's regional inequalities, and why they matter
Britain has scarcely begun to come to terms with its recent upheavals, from the crisis over Brexit to the collapse of Labours red wall. What can explain such momentous shifts? In this essential work, Tom Hazeldine excavates the history of a divided country: North and South, industry versus finance, Whitehall and the left-behind. Only by fully registering these deep-seated tensions, he argues, can we make sense of the present moment. Hazeldine tracks the North-South divide over the longue durée, from the formation of an English state rooted in London and the south-east; the Industrial Revolution and the rise of provincial trade unions and the Labour party; the dashed hopes for regional economic renewal in the post-war years; the sharply contrasting fates of northern manufacturing and the City of London under Thatcher and New Labour; to the continuing repercussions of financial crisis and austerity. The Northern Question is set to transform our understanding of the politics of Westminster its purpose, according to Hazeldine, to stand English history on its head.

ISBN 9781786634061
Quantity 1
Pages 304
Author Tom Hazeldine
Format Paperback
Publisher Verso
Category Local Studies
Keywords History, Politics, North-South divide
Language English

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