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, the Suffragette movement was taking shape as 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 can be heard throughout.
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A worthwhile prequel
Having thoroughly enjoyed a History of Modern Britain I bought this audiobook with a great deal of anticipation. At the beginning of that book Marr touches on the differences (and similarities) between post-war Britons and those of today, this book takes up that description in detail.
His impressions are as awful as ever but he uses local stories to explain a wider context such as how Mr. Rowntree notes the state of Britains poor in Edwardian Britain. I would thoroughly recommend it.
The Making of Modern Britain
I'm not a particular fan of books on history, but I found this audio book absolutely riveting. There's a great blend of broad overview and fascinating detail. Well researched and highly entertaining.
The making of modern britain
You see the 7 hrs and either wonder at the value for money or groan at the amount of time you are going to need sitting in the car listening to it.
However it is undeniably brilliant if a little short in detail as it covers such a vast topic
The 'story' maintains both pace and entertainment throughout and i even found myself listening to it whilst walking the dog as the car was not enough...
The only negative is andrew marrs impression of lloyd george!
At last a history lesson that i have managed to pay attention to.