Hope and Glory: Updated to Cover 1992-2002: Britain, 1900-2000 (Paperback)
by Peter Clarke
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Peter Clarke brilliantly challenges the commonly held view of Britain in the twentieth century as a nation in decline. Adopting a wide perspective, he examines the political, social and economic changes that transformed Britain. He looks at how jobs and prices, food and shelter, and education and welfare, shaped society and explores such areas as architecture, sport and popular culture. Embracing a century of national experience, "Hope and Glory" superbly conveys the diverse aspects of three generations who lived through unparalleled change.
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Britain scored a century of dramatic years between 1900 and 2000. Peter Clarke recounts the rises and falls, the hopes and aspirations of Britons as they encountered good times and bad. And, as he does so, he reveals a very human picture of a nation which began the twentieth century as a world empire but which then had to grow comfortable with a sudden shift in status. Clarke's grasp of society, the imperial and the homely, make this book a classic of social history. Not shy of boisterous opinions, he charts a course through the swings and roundabouts of political life in transitional Britain but never loses track of the impact change had on ordinary people. Packed with fact and anecdote, it's not always a merry but it is a faithful guide to everything you really need to know about twentieth-century Britain and today's Britons. (Kirkus UK)
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