The Making of Modern Britain

The Making of Modern Britain

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, 20th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 21/05/2010
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Synopsis

In The Making of Modern Britain, Andrew Marr paints a fascinating portrait of life in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century as the country recovered from the grand wreckage of the British Empire.

Between the death of Queen Victoria and the end of the Second World War, the nation was shaken by war and peace. The two wars were the worst we had ever known and the episodes of peace among the most turbulent and surprising. As the political forum moved from Edwardian smoking rooms to an increasingly democratic Westminster, the people of Britain experimented with extreme ideas as they struggled to answer the question 'How should we live?' Socialism? Fascism? Feminism? Meanwhile, fads such as eugenics, vegetarianism and nudism were gripping the nation, while the popularity of the music hall soared. It was also a time that witnessed the birth of the media as we know it today and the beginnings of the welfare state.

Beyond trenches, flappers and Spitfires, this is a story of strange cults and economic madness, of revolutionaries and heroic inventors, sexual experiments and raucous stage heroines. From organic food to drugs, nightclubs and celebrities to package holidays, crooked bankers to sleazy politicians, the echoes of today's Britain ring from almost every page.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330510998
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 340g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 31 mm

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The Making of Modern Britain
All been done before
I gave up on this book half way through. Perhaps I will pick it up again some time in the future. Lots of it has all been done before. I found a few bits ... READ MORE
Brenda
The Making of Modern Britain
The Beginning of the End
For the book, Andrew Marr has reduced his history of Britain – from 1900 to 1945, what he calls ‘The Age of Churchill’ – down from six episodes of the TV s... READ MORE
Nicholas Casley
The Making of Modern Britain
If only history was this interesting at school!
Andrew Marr really brings history alive with his inimitable style of story telling. It's incredible how much happened in the first half of the 20th century... READ MORE
TrudyJ
The Making of Modern Britain
Great read.
Recommended.
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