Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000: Updated to Cover 1992-2002 (Penguin History of Britain) Kindle Edition
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The author seeks to answer the question of whether or not Britain can be said to have declined in the twentieth century. His answer seems to be that it depends what you mean by decline, and that anyway he thinks some of the decisions that may have contributed to a decline in some sense were justifiable. Britain declined in the sense that at the end of the twentieth century it was no longer Top Nation; its relative political and economic significance were less than it was at the start of the twentieth century. This relative decline was most marked in a political sense, as the United States already had a larger economy (equal roughly to the sum of the gross domestic products of Britain, France and Germany) at the start of the twentieth century. However, individual Britons lived much longer, were much less likely to watch their kids die, and were much wealthier at the end of the twentieth century than at its start. Deciding to continue the war against Germany after the fall of France meant selling off Britain's overseas assets, distorting the economy to focus on weapons production, required a dependence on the United States for finance, and made the loss of the empire inevitable.Read more ›
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Used for my British History Class, great teacher who picked the wrong book based upon some scholarly reviews.. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Cnmn
This is one of the best surveys of British history. There is not as much as one would hope on social history, but the political and military history is first rate and... Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by J. Smallridge