Factor that had the greatest impact in the creation of modern Britain

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For my transition work into History A-Level, I'm supposed to write an essay on the following question:

“Which person or event do you think had the greatest impact in the creation of modern Britain in the period 1945-2007?”

I just wanted to ask for some suggestions of factors so that I can read up on them and know where to start. Thanks!
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Bevan and the founding of the NHS after WW2 maybe?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneurin_Bevan
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Bevan and the founding of the NHS after WW2 maybe?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneurin_Bevan
Ah - thanks!
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The Suez crisis, maybe. I remember watching a documentary about this and apparently towards the end of this is when Britain woke up and realised we weren't an empire any more.
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Creation of the welfare state under Attlee.

Heath taking us in to the EEC.

Thatcher's time as PM especially policies on trade unions and housing.
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The decline of the British empire
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(Original post by !!mentor!!)
The Suez crisis, maybe. I remember watching a documentary about this and apparently towards the end of this is when Britain woke up and realised we weren't an empire any more.
(Original post by MagicNMedicine)
Creation of the welfare state under Attlee.Heath taking us in to the EEC.Thatcher's time as PM especially policies on trade unions and housing.
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The decline of the British empire
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(Original post by cherryblossoming)
For my transition work into History A-Level, I'm supposed to write an essay on the following question:

“Which person or event do you think had the greatest impact in the creation of modern Britain in the period 1945-2007?”

I just wanted to ask for some suggestions of factors so that I can read up on them and know where to start. Thanks!
Two books that are really good for this kind of stuff:

Andrew Marr: A History of Modern Britain
Peter Hennessy: The Prime Minister - the Office and its Holders since 1945
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“Which person or event do you think had the greatest impact in the creation of modern Britain in the period 1945-2007?”
Margaret Thatcher has shaped post-World War II modern Britain the most. Thatcher’s actions, policies, and beliefs resulted in a decisive reversal of post-1945 political consensus on aspects such as Keynesianism, nationalized industry, the welfare state, and close economic regulation. Instead, Thatcher promoted privatization, which has become her enduring legacy, as well as deregulation and flexible labor markets. Her efforts in establishing an enterprise society in Britain has had lasting impacts to date, with Thatcherism being the most pertinent force to shape modern Britain since 1945
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Margaret Thatcher has shaped post-World War II modern Britain the most. Thatcher’s actions, policies, and beliefs resulted in a decisive reversal of post-1945 political consensus on aspects such as Keynesianism, nationalized industry, the welfare state, and close economic regulation. Instead, Thatcher promoted privatization, which has become her enduring legacy, as well as deregulation and flexible labor markets. Her efforts in establishing an enterprise society in Britain has had lasting impacts to date, with Thatcherism being the most pertinent force to shape modern Britain since 1945
Thanks! - will deffo look into that
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