A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr

By Andrew Marr

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, megastar, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders came across themselves confounded by means of the British humans, who constantly became out to be more durable to herd than anticipated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the edge—first of invasion, then of financial disaster, then at the susceptible entrance line of the chilly struggle, and later within the leading edge of the nice commencing up of capital and migration. This background follows all of the political and monetary tales of the trendy period in addition to with such social tendencies as comedy, vehicles, the battle opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s terrific strong success, political lies, and the real heroes of British theater.

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The history of modern Britain tells us we have had some narrow squeaks, but also that we have done some extraordinary things – even more extraordinary than going shopping and worrying about house prices. This gives no alibi for pessimism. At the risk of sinking to sales patter, I would say – don’t panic about the crystal ball when you can settle down and read the book. Andrew Marr 2008 Prologue The play starts on the afternoon of 28 May 1940, at a meeting of the war cabinet in the Prime Minister’s office in the old House of Commons.

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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.

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