Friday, December 16, 2016

Cours de préparation à l'agrégation d'anglais civilisation britannique. 1976-1979

Le Royaume-Uni à l'épreuve de la crise 1970-79

You will find here the recording of the last class, class six, which takes us from 1976 to the end of our period, in  1979.

The mp3 of the first part is here
The mp3 of the second part is here

Key words/ mots clé : podcast agrégation, royaume-uni, crise, 1970s, United Kingdom, history, crisis


Sophie Caplat said...

I have 2 questions. Will you please help me?
Are we allowed to use the acronym WWII in an essay or should it always be World War 2 (or Two?)?
2) In 1975, April of that year, the Labour Party voted against continued membership of the EEC by almost two to one against but Wilson allowed cabinet members to campaign for whichever side they wished and the Party remaimed neutral during the referendum campaign. Yet, I have just read in your annotated timeline of the decade that the government distributed pamphlets[..] together with its own pamphlet that argued in support of EEC membership".
I see a contradiction here that I can't explain so far. Would you please kindly enlighten me?

Best regards

John Mullen said...

1) I would not recommend using the abbreviation in question. As a general rule, in university work in particular, English is less taken with abbreviations than French is. "The Second World War" is the best (note the three capital letters).

2) There is no contradiction: the situation was complex. First you must distinguish between the Labour Party, made up of many thousands of members and making decisions at its national conference, the Parliamentary Labuor Party, made up of the Labour Members of pariament, and the government, made up of Wilson and his ministers.

The Labour Party conference voted by a majority against EEC membership. However, it had been decided that the party would not actively and officially campaign for a particular result if there was not a two thirds majority one way or the other, which was not the case.

The government officially supported a Yes vote, even though this yes vote was not unanimous among the cabinet ministers. The minority within the cabinet was allowed to join the no campaign, but they were only allowed to campaign OUTSIDE parliament on this issue. The government distributed pamphlets defending the official government position in favour of a Yes Vote;