Seeking a Role
The United Kingdom 1951—1970
Reviews and Awards
"there is a hugely impressive breadth of reference and eye for detail on display here." - Lawrence Black, Journal of Modern History, on Seeking a Role and Finding a Role?
"These two magisterial volumes... [Seeking a Role and Finding a Role?]... offer a consistently stimulating and formidably well-informed analysis of the condition of England since 1950, as it was shaped both by the wider world and its own internal development." - Richard Whiting, History
"He provides a huge flow of information on almost all topics...all treated in fascinating detail." - Kenneth O.Morgan, Literary Review
"Harrison has a special gift which historians prize. He can turn the grains of history into fascinating and convincing patterns." - Peter Hennessy, Times Literary Supplement
"Full of surprising details and impressive insights." - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
"Seeking a Role is not only vastly informative, but it is also a terrific read." - Peter Weiler, Twentieth Century British History
"A wonderfully readable summation of this crucial and endlessly fascinating period of Britain's recent past...a masterly account" - Matthew Grant, Political Quarterly
"Magnificent if demanding history... all couched in an enviable prose style...the reader comes away from the text with a sense that he or she has learnt the history of a people, not just of its elite." - Neal Blewett, Australian Book Review
"A sweeping assessment of British history... Comprehensive and thorough...the definitive starting point for any student or academic wishing to engage with this complex and fascinating period." - LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, on Seeking a Role and Finding a Role?
"No short review can do justice to the richness and complexity of this book ... A major achievement of modern historical analysis" - D.L.LeMahieu, CHOICE