A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr

By Andrew Marr

This enticing quantity tells the tale of the way the good political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by means of a tradition of consumerism, famous person, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders chanced on themselves confounded by way of the British humans, who consistently grew to become out to be tougher to herd than anticipated. 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 good commencing up of capital and migration. This background follows the entire political and monetary tales of the fashionable period in addition to with such social developments as comedy, automobiles, the conflict opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s amazing strong success, political lies, and the real heroes of British theater.

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Churchill also believed that any terms offered by Berlin would include handing over the Royal Navy and the creation of a pro-Nazi puppet government in London. Half American himself, he believed that in the end the United States would come into the fight even if Britain was invaded. Surrounded by dim hopes, fears and question-marks, this was ‘make your mind up time’. Had the gathering been only of Conservative politicians Winston would have been outvoted. Attlee and Greenwood, however, were solid for fighting on and for refusing to negotiate or surrender.

They are us. The cropped-haired urchins of the forties are our pensioners now. The impatient lean young adults of 1947 with their imperial convictions or socialist beliefs are around us still in wheelchairs or hidden in care homes. 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.

Despite its great size, this is a stimulating and witty account of the forces that made our age by a man who somehow manages to be a well-informed insider without sacrificing the perspective of those outside the Westminster village. It’s written from the perspective of someone who travels around the country, who thinks and who listens’ Scotland on Sunday ‘Richer and deeper than television commentary can ever hope to be. As popular history, it is a lively and enjoyable, as well as a solid, achievement.

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