A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr

By Andrew Marr

This attractive quantity tells the tale of ways the good political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by way of a tradition of consumerism, famous person, and self-gratification. It explains how in every one decade, political leaders came across themselves confounded by means of the British humans, who regularly became out to be tougher to herd than envisioned. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the edge—first of invasion, then of financial ruin, then at the weak entrance line of the chilly struggle, and later within the leading edge of the nice commencing up of capital and migration. This heritage follows all of the political and fiscal tales of the trendy period in addition to with such social traits as comedy, autos, the struggle opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s marvelous reliable good fortune, political lies, and the real heroes of British theater.

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A History of Modern Britain

This enticing quantity tells the tale of ways the nice political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by way of a tradition of consumerism, superstar, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders discovered themselves confounded via the British humans, who consistently grew to become out to be more durable to herd than envisioned.

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Of giant cinemas and dance-halls and cafes, bungalows with tiny garages, cocktail bars, Woolworths, motor coaches, wireless . ’ It is comparatively classless, with its cheap and uniform chain stores and its new industries – the electronics, synthetic fibres, light engineering and aircraft factories spreading around London and through the Midlands. Slough, a byword for the new, suburban, light-industrial and rather monotonous country taking shape, provoked one of Betjeman’s angriest poems. ’ What had he against it?

It was their lives and the choices they made which led to here and now. ’ Part One HUNGER AND PRIDE: BRITAIN AFTER THE WAR The Democratic Bombshell Many of us find our innermost fears or hopes take arms while we sleep, ready to strike at the moment of wakening. Churchill recorded that, on the morning of 26 July 1945, he woke up with ‘a sharp stab of almost physical pain’ to find himself sure that he and the Conservatives had just lost the general election. There was a long delay for the votes to be brought back from battlefields around the world.

Everyone else struggles between these force-fields. And so what is my view? That we grumpy people, perpetually outraged by the stupidity and deceit of our rotten rulers, have (whisper it gently) had rather a good sixty years. Britain suffered a crisis in the seventies, a national nervous breakdown, and has recovered since. Britain in the forties and fifties was a damaged and inefficient country which would be overtaken by formerly defeated nations such as France, Germany and Japan. But the longer story, the bigger picture, is that Britain successfully shifted from being one kind of country, an inefficient imperialist manufacturer struggling to maintain her power, to become a wealthier social democracy, and did this without revolution.

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