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The Making of Modern Britain: From Queen Victoria to V.E. Day (2009)

por Andrew Marr

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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.… (mais)
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Quite interesting though rather simplistic: after all this is a journalist's book rather than a proper historian's. ( )
  Eyejaybee | Jun 18, 2011 |
Marr is a truly superb historian and this book is testament to that. An insightful look into the politcal and social evolution of Britain from the Edwardian period to the end of the second world war. A must read for anyone intersted in early twentieth century history. ( )
  bennyb | Jan 17, 2011 |
Interesting interpretations & facts from political and cultural life, from the Edwardian era to the end of the Second World War. ( )
  LARA335 | Dec 31, 2010 |
30 Nov 2009 - Amazon

The book that goes side-by-side with the TV series - as Marr says in the introduction, there are certainly different levels of detail on different events and strands in the two. Another excellent read with lots of detail and some good pictures too. Marr can come across as a bit arrogant, laying down his opinions on people and situtations very firmly, but then he is very intelligent and well-read. My only criticism of the reading experience is that I read it perhaps too close to watching the series, so some of it seemed repetitive when it in fact wasn't. But - entertaining and informative - so glad I saw and read it. ( )
  LyzzyBee | Apr 18, 2010 |
Andrew Marr writes a rollicking good narrative history. He seems able to pick out those events, people and ideas that reflect the overall themes of history and shine a slightly different light on what we have always thought to be the ‘standard’ way of thinking.

This book sweeps through 50 years and every aspect of life in Britain with all the stones lifted and whatever lies beneath revealed and addressed, often in a jokey playful way. He always seems to be saying, look at what they did, if only they had known what we know now. This is unfailingly populist history and I think this is where the biggest criticism of the book may come. For me this is an overview that allows me to select those areas I want to look into more deeply. A bit light on World War II, though.

I enjoyed this history immensely as an entertainment and a clear-headed picture of Britain. ( )
  pierthinker | Mar 14, 2010 |
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The Making of Modern Britain is undoubtedly a brainy book by a compelling talker, and at its best it brings together glimpses of an alternative past that legends would have us overlook. As his notes show, Marr has reached his view of the early 20th century, not so much by standing on the shoulders of giants, as by taking occasional piggybacks from writers who are closer to the ground. The result, digressions allowed, is none the worse for that.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe Telegraph, Tom Payne (Nov 2, 2009)
 
[Marr's] account of British political and social life has the virtues of its vices. They deserve to be celebrated.
adicionada por Shortride | editarThe Guardian, Piers Brendon (Oct 17, 2009)
 
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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.

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