“The decline in deference was the biggest social change in this period” how far do you agree? (25 marks)
The decline is deference was changed because of many incidents that happened during this time which meant the people of Britain had less respect and trust in the establishment. On the incidents were the Promofo Scandal in 1963 and the respected secretary of state for War in Macmillan government and an affair with Christin Keller who was 19 year old. For most people it was an end of an era when tight establishment circle could keep misdemeanours secret and keep the public away. The traditional was up against an assertive press and a less deferential culture. As well the Profomu affair the Suez Crisis in 1956 can be put alongside it because it was a complete disaster and it humiliated the establishment. With this event it brings the establishment down from there superior benches and they lost a large amount of respect from all of the people especially the working class which was and end of a traditional era. This was a big social change because it was the end of a traditional culture and it was the start of Modern Britain.
The decline in deference wasn’t the only big social change during this time period, the attitude towards immigration after the war and during the decline of the British Empire which stared the era of the commonwealth. During the war many of the countries that wee involved in the British Empire fought for Britain as Britain queen was there queen and they were brought up to respect and honour their mother country, which was England. Within the empire the countries lived and had the same traditions as England so the citizens of those countries were British. During the war the British people saw the black citizen of the empire as soldiers for Britain and they needed them to win the war but that soon changed when they started immigrating to Britain.
During 1948 it was the start of the “Wind rush Generation” and on the first ship that docked in Britain had 250,000 immigrates on board. Mostly they were young black boys looking for an adventure but most people in Britain had never seen a black person before which meant it was a whole new experience. The black citizens of the empire was not warmly welcomed at all by the British public they we intruders invading England, this is a big change from during the r when they needed them but now they are just invaders. There was many protests during this time and slogan came out which was “Keep Britain White” this left people feeling unsafe and unsecure especially in the black community as they could be attacked. People weren’t letting the black community rent housing or allowed in the same places as the white this was a big shock for the immigrants. This was a big social change in the way that the opinions of the British Empire citizen had changed from wanting them and needing them to attacking them in the streets. But also it was social change in the way that protest was not...