The Making of Modern Britain

Paperback | May 21, 2010

byAndrew Marr

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Published alongside a landmark BBC2 series, this is the story of Britain from 1900 to the end of the Second World WarIn 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.

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Published alongside a landmark BBC2 series, this is the story of Britain from 1900 to the end of the Second World WarIn 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...

Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied English at Cambridge University and has since enjoyed a long career in political journalism, working for the Scotsman, the Independent, the Daily Express and the Observer. From 2000 to 2005 he was the BBC's Political Editor. He has presented a range of programmes for television and ra...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.76 × 5.49 × 1.23 inPublished:May 21, 2010Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0330510991

ISBN - 13:9780330510998

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Readable! Not too long ago, Andrew Marr wrote “The History of Modern Britain” – a history of Great Britain from 1945-2008. Now, the author looks at as to what made Britain modern. Anyone who follows British politics with keen interest knows Andrew Marr. He is BBC’s top political bulldog. I have read his formidable biography on the Queen and I fervently recommend his documentaries on Britain (one series is accompanied with this book). “The Making of Modern Britain” starts with the death of Queen Victoria; as H.G. Wells retorted at the time, “A great paperweight is lifted.” At the time, Britannia ruled the waves and Britain was not only one of the great imperial powers but was THE great imperial power. The book finishes with the end of the Second World War. The two world wars had tired Britain out, and just two years after VE Day, depletion of the British Empire commenced. But Marr is not merely a political historian; he doesn’t only talk about grave political decisions or how Britain used her immense power. He is also a social historian and chronicles the lives of different people of different classes. He chronicles important stories and ideas of kings, queens, politicians, writers, and men and women who made Britain what it is today. Almost everything that occurred in Britain in those tumultuous and, no doubt, exciting forty-five years is captured in mere 426 pages. I cannot complete the review of this book without appreciating Marr’s easy-to-follow writing style and prose. This book is also awfully significant at this time when American power is at decline, just at the British power was in 1945. Any Anglophile must have this book in their library.
Date published: 2012-02-11