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Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain [DVD] 
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All five episodes from the first series of the BBC modern history programme. Written and presented by political commentator Andrew Marr, the series focuses on the key events that have shaped British society since the end of the Second World War, including the collapse of Empire, Britain's uneasy truce with former enemies and allies in Europe, and tensions in the 'special relationship' Britain has with the United States. Episodes are: 'Advance Britannia', 'The Land of Lost Content', 'Paradise Lost', 'Revolution' and 'New Britannia'.
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The episodes are as follows:
Advance Britannia - Covering 1945-1955
The Land of Lost Content - Covering 1955-1964
Paradise Lost - Covering 1964-1979
Revolution! - Covering 1979-1990
New Britannia - Covering 1990-2007
This is excellent and informative and I would recommend this as essential viewing in schools as it cover the history in a realsitic warts and all way and doesn't shy away from the nastier pieces of our past.
Andrew Marr is as ever an interesting writer and presenter of this series and makes the information interesting and at times humorous. I highly recommend this DVD.
But there are problems too. For instance he does not really explain why Churchill was voted out in 1945, and his coverage of the Beveridge Report fails to place it in context of what went on before the war, thus failing to demonstrate how strong the need was for reform. Overall, Marr is quite even-handed, but I did take exception to his calling Margaret Thatcher (without a hint of irony) as “a saviour waiting in the wings”.
Given Marr’s background, the emphasis is largely on the politics and economics of the period; indeed, the chronology of each episode is largely framed in terms of general elections. But Marr also tries to cover the likes of film, fashion, and food – even the weather – but it’s an impossible task to cover all these decades in anything like a comprehensive way. Thus there is no mention of Beeching, no mention of Monty Python.
And given the politics, it’s largely a London-oriented series, of course, but Marr also gets out and about to the likes of Blackpool, Birmingham, and Liverpool – and across the Atlantic to Washington. Indeed, the American dimension was for me the most shocking, as Marr tells us how financially unfriendly the Americans were in victory, tying the UK to American purse-strings thereafter.
The series is short on statistics (which might be a good thing).Read more ›
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This was a Gift as I already purchased one fo myself AND sent a review.Published 1 month ago by Gail
An excellent summary of modern Britain, perfect for the 2015 AQA syllabus!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
How can you trust a journalist when he presents an incredibly one side account of recent times as objective fact.
You cant. Read more
This was a present for my son who found it so fascinating he now wants to study for a history degree.Published 7 months ago by Emily Heath
Great for my History A2 course focused on Britain from 1951-2007
Covers each Prime Minister and their period in reasonable detail. Read more