The United Kingdon has changed very rapidly in recent decades, and especially during the 1980s. The social, economic and political landscapes have been substantially altered, with major consequences for the physical landscape. This fully revised edition of a widely-appreciated book of the early 1980s presents a full description and interpretation of those changes. The book deals with the United Kingdom as a whole, rather than its constituent parts, focusing, in turn, on the changing use of land and population, on the various sectors of the economy (energy, agriculture, industry, services, transport), on the urban and rural areas, and on leisure and the physical environment. The material and coverage is up-to-date and comprehensive, and provides a detailed, well-illustrated, easily accessible guide to the country's changing geography. The focus is on the 1980s, but with an important historical perspective placing long-term trends in their wider context. The book is written by a team of academic geographers who are experts in the field and have substantial research experience on the topics covered. It is intended for a wide audience of undergraduates in geography and related social sciences and will form a basic reference work for school libraries.