A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr confronts head-on the victory of shopping over politics. It tells the story of how the great political visions of New Jerusalem or a second Elizabethan Age, rival idealisms, came to be defeated by a culture of consumerism, celebrity and self-gratification. In each decade, political leaders think they know what they are doing, but find themselves confounded. Every time, the British people turn out to be stroppier and harder to herd than predicted.
Throughout, Britain is a country on the edge - first of invasion, then of bankruptcy, then on the vulnerable front line of the Cold War and later in the forefront of the great opening up of capital and migration now reshaping the world. This history follows all the political and economic stories, but deals too with comedy, cars, the war against homosexuals, Sixties anarchists, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher's wonderful good luck, political lies and the true heroes of British theatre.
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About Andrew Marr
Andrew Marr was born in Glasgow. He has enjoyed a long career in political journalism, including five years as the BBC's Political Editor (2000-05). Andrew's broadcasting includes BBC2's History of Modern Britain series, political documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC Panorama, the BBC1 Andrew Marr Show on Sunday mornings, and Radio 4's Start The Week. He has written several books, including A History of 20th Century Britain and A History of the World. Andrew lives in London with his family.
Table of Contents
Introduction - i: Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Section - ii: Prologue
Unit - 1: Part One - Hunger and Pride: Britain After The War
Unit - 2: Part Two - The Land of Lost Content
Unit - 3: Part Three - Harold, Ted and Jim: When The Modern Failed
Unit - 4: Part Four - The British Revolution
Unit - 5: Part Five - Nippy Metro People: Britain From 1990
Unit - 6: Part Six - From Gordon To Teresa: The Defeat Of Britain's Liberal Pro-European Consensus
Acknowledgements - iii: Acknowledgements
Section - iv: Notes
Index - v: Index
A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
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Short-listed for Galaxy British Book Awards: Play.com Popular Non-Fiction Award 2009 Short-listed for Independent Booksellers' Week Book of the Year Award: Adults' Book of the Year 2008
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