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Britain Since 1918 By David Marquand

Britain Since 1918 by David Marquand

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A new political history of modern Britain

Britain Since 1918 Summary

Britain Since 1918: The Strange Career Of British Democracy by David Marquand

The history of democratic politics in Britain since the coming of universal male suffrage in 1918 is a dramatic one, crowded with events and colourful figures. As well as the great events of war and economic crises, and the quieter drama of constitutional change, this era has been studded with democratic protests of every sort: from the General Strike and the hunger marches of the 1930s, anti-Suez rallies and CND marches in the 1950s, student, feminist and green protests in the 1960s and seventies, the miners' strike and poll tax clashes of the 1980s, and the anti-Iraq War marches of the early twenty-first century. The story opens more than 350 years ago. The Levellers of the 17th century, 18th-century radicals, the Chartists and the Reform Acts are all part of the unsteady and fiercely contested progress towards a democratic constitution. Dreams, visions and ideals are important too - of George Orwell, and Enoch Powell, Milton, Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, Churchill and Lord Salisbury, Aneurin Bevan and Tony Benn - for they have also shaped our outlook. BRITAIN SINCE 1918 is a formidable combination of narrative and analsysis: entertaining, instructive and thought-provoking.

Britain Since 1918 Reviews

"a glittering masterpiece which will illuminate debate for many years to come." -- Kenneth O Morgan THE INDEPENDENT "few will fail to enjoy this book: always elegant, often incisive, it is a genuine masterpiece of political history" -- Dominic Sandbrook DAILY TELEGRAPH "consistently enjoyable and thought-provoking. told with panache, authority and constant perception" -- Harry Reid THE HERALD "there is only one great democratic republican of the 20th century, and one for whose efforts we should all be grateful: David Marquand" -- Richard Reeves NEW STATESMAN "Beautifully written and bursting with insight as well as historical fact. a joy to read" -- Roy Hattersley THE GUARDIAN "a work of verve and insight whose breadth of learning is only partially concealed by the grace of its style" -- Vernon Bogdanor LITERARY REVIEW "his style has verve, his insights are plentiful and this book is a testament to the breadth of his reading" -- Robert Taylor TRIBUNE "comprehensive, well-written and informative" -- Steve Mather MORNING STAR "rich, lively. blends political ideas with political economy and what happened" -- Peter Hennessy THE TABLET "Marquand's supremely topical essay has sent me reactionary spirits soaring" -- Peregrine Worsthone THE OLDIE "a beautifully crafted narrative of high politics. today's constituency of the literate but politically apathetic should take the trouble to read this life-enhancing book" -- David Kynaston HISTORY TODAY "It is stimulating, comprehensive, elegant and effortlessly knowledgeable" -- John Lloyd FINANCIAL TIMES "a lucid and revealing insight into the convulsions that have defined Britain for ninety years" THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE "this book is the best brief political history of Briatin we have." -- Austin Mitchell THE HOUSE MAGAZINE "a thoughtful and thought provoking book looking at the broad sweep of British politics and political ideas" -- Keith Simpson TOTAL POLITICS "an insightful account by a former participant-observer of how we got to where we are" -- Richard Gott THE OBSERVER "This book is a fine and highly readable political history of Britain" POLITICAL QUARTERLY "Marquand's elegant prose is studded with shrewd assessments of people and events" -- Mark Garnett TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

About David Marquand

David Marquand is a leading authority on British politics. He has been a leader writer for the GUARDIAN, a Labour MP 1966-77, a Chief Adviser in the European Commission, a founder member of the SPD, Professor of Politics at Salford and Sheffield Universities and, most recently, Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford, 1996-2002. His highly acclaimed books include the standard life of Ramsay MacDonald. He lives in Oxford.

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GOR002045712
9780297643203
0297643207
Britain Since 1918: The Strange Career Of British Democracy by David Marquand
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2008-09-11
496
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