X-Post: MiWSR: Barnett on Hill, "Peace and Power in Cold War Britain: Media, Movements and Democracy, c. 1945–68"

Review here seems a little lite. Its subject focus, the anti-war, peace movement was certainly a noisy, and often news item within this period to 20th Century post WW II history. It was however, far from deciding the outcome to this time. Perhaps the points made about opening up mid 20th Century British society are worthy and attributed to correct sources for those changes; will not, without reading the volume, offer any conclusions. But one point not mentioned by this Review and quite possible, the author's work. Britain emerged from WW II without other than very bleak prospects for a future world Great Power status, so diminished had become its place given the superpower emergence of the Soviets and the US.
As impulse, not only to the war, Britain made two very crucial decision decisions concerned with maintaining its status. First, development of its own Naval Nuclear submarines raising Britain to the level of the nuclearized US and SU in weaponry and second, entering into the European Family of Nations, although this did not happen immediately. This focus required time and working out of European Institutions such as the Common Market and the European Union, in attempts by Europe to end centuries of Nationalist warfare on the European Continent.
In major historical shifts, these two developments went forward as sustaining Britain's prominence as a world power and leader. Of course, most important was the historical contribution of Britain as one of the world's oldest and longest practices of Democracy.