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Modern British History
  • Published: 2 August 2004
  • ISBN: 9781844131044
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $39.99

Modern British History

The Essential A-Z Guide



An invaluable and opinionated guide to modern Britain.

The A-Z Guide to Modern British History is a comprehensive, entertaining survey of the events, people and themes that make us who we are, written by two of the country's leading scholars of the subject. In 200 concise essays, covering topics as diverse as pornography and the poll tax, the Blitz and New Labour, the authors explore the interwoven culture, society, politics and economics of the recent past. The object of the Guide is not only to lay bare the facts of today's Britain, but also to provoke debate. Bombarded by information as never before, we all need to appreciate the extent to which seemingly disparate events connect with other, and echo previous developments which we are in danger of forgetting. The entries offer a consistent line of argument with a refreshing disrespect for old orthodoxies; at the same time, readers are given the essential facts on which to base their own opinions. The A-Z Guide to Modern British History will be invaluable to students and general readers alike. Read separately, its entries are a mine of useful information; taken together, they build a vivid, compelling and controversial picture of Britain at the start of the twenty-first century.

  • Published: 2 August 2004
  • ISBN: 9781844131044
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $39.99

About the authors

Mark Garnett

Mark Garnett is the co-author of Whatever Happened to the Tories (1997), Keith Joseph: A Life (2001), and Splendid! Splendid! The Authorized Biography of Willie Whitelaw (2002) and Modern British History written with Richard Weight.

Richard Weight

Richard Weight is the author of Patriots: National Identity in Britain 1940-2000 and co-authored Modern British History: The Essential A-Z Guide. He studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to do a PhD at University College, London. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Boston and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Richard also makes documentaries for radio and television on many aspects of British life.

Praise for Modern British History

Highly entertaining and informative.

Times Literary Supplement

200 snappy and stylish essays on the topics that dominated British life since 1900.

Independent

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