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A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr PDF

By Andrew Marr

ISBN-10: 0330511475

ISBN-13: 9780330511476

This attractive quantity tells the tale of the way 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 upon themselves confounded through the British humans, who consistently became out to be more durable to herd than estimated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the edge—first of invasion, then of financial disaster, then at the weak entrance line of the chilly conflict, and later within the vanguard of the good starting up of capital and migration. This heritage follows all of the political and fiscal tales of the fashionable period in addition to with such social tendencies as comedy, automobiles, the warfare opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s magnificent reliable good fortune, political lies, and the genuine heroes of British theater.

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It is a brilliant insight which well describes what will happen to Britain after the war was over. So, as the travellers of the thirties demonstrate, Britain was changing fast before the war. While the look of fifties Britain, with long ‘ribbons’ of semi-detached houses spreading out from the old cities, had been set in the age of Stanley Baldwin, American music and films were here long before the GIs arrived. There was a lightness and a brightness about thirties architecture and design that would be picked up, rediscovered and taken forward after the war into the fifties.

Then there was Arthur Greenwood, a former teacher who had stood in for Attlee during his recent illness. Greenwood is little remembered today. He was a much-loved Labour figure before the war but proved to be a poor minister. In his lifelong fight with the bottle, the bottle won every round. But many second-rate people find themselves called to a moment when history turns, and this was Arthur Greenwood’s day. In front of the war cabinet was a simple question. After the devastating success of Hitler’s armies in slicing through Belgium, the Netherlands and France, was it time to try to cut a deal?

So, second, the world was differently shaped. The end of the British Empire, once the world’s greatest, and the rise of the United States as ruler of the free world occurred for complicated reasons. But they can be plausibly traced back to what Winston, Clem and Arthur agreed was the right thing to do on that difficult day in May. That decision made contemporary Britain, with her weaknesses and strengths, which are the subject of this book. Many unexpected and surprising things followed. Neither Churchill nor Attlee got the Britain they wanted.

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