By Richard Woodman
This name tells the epic tale of Britain's service provider transport, sporting unique items from all quarters of the area. At one time, British ships carried 1/2 the world's alternate. It finds how international wars approximately destroyed our service provider delivery, yet convoys battled directly to shop Britain from ravenous to dying. We see what existence used to be like at sea for service provider seamen and get a first-hand glimpse of them at work.
TOC: I: what's the service provider army? /II: Britain principles the Waves /III: Britain's existence traces /IV: lifestyles at Sea /V: New demanding situations /Suggested interpreting /Places to go to /Index
By David Whyte
Banks accused of rate-fixing. participants of Parliament cooking the books. significant safety contractors investigated over suspect hands bargains. Police accused of being paid off via tabloids. The headlines are unrelenting nowadays. maybe it’s excessive time we ask: simply precisely how corrupt is Britain? David Whyte brings jointly quite a lot of top commentators and campaigners, providing a sequence of troubling solutions. Unflinchingly dealing with the corruption in British public existence, they express that it's now not tenable to imagine that corruption is anything that occurs in different places; corrupt practices are printed throughout quite a lot of honored associations, from neighborhood govt to special company. those robust, punchy essays goal to polish a gentle at the corruption essentially embedded in united kingdom politics, police and finance.
By Paula Bartley
Ellen Wilkinson was once a key radical determine within the twentieth century British socialist and feminist circulation, a girl of passionate power who used to be interested by lots of the significant struggles of her time.
Born in October 1891 right into a working-class cloth relations, Wilkinson used to be fascinated about women’s suffrage, helped stumbled on the British Communist occasion, led the Labour Party’s anti-fascist crusade, headed the long-lasting Jarrow campaign and was once the 1st woman Minister of Education.
In this vigorous and fascinating biography, Paula Bartley charts the political lifetime of this remarkable campaigner who went from highway agitator to govt minister while conserving her rules intact.
By Aaron Edwards
Aden, June 20, 1967: military Land Rovers burn ferociously within the noon solar. The our bodies of 9 British squaddies clutter the line. brilliant flames combined with thick, black smoke bellows above Crater city, a difficult Arab local equipped on best of a dormant volcano. Surrounded by way of excessive rugged peaks and perched at the south-western fringe of the Arabian peninsular, it's domestic to insurgents, terrorists, and gangsters, who determine "no-go parts" opposed to the British-backed Federation executive. Crater had come to represent Arab nationalist defiance within the face of the world’s strongest empire. soaring 2,000 feet. above the smouldering destruction, a tiny Scout helicopter surveys the scene. Its passenger is the lately arrived commanding officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Mitchell. quickly the world’s media may christen him "Mad Mitch" in popularity of his super powerful and debatable reoccupation of Crater weeks later. Mad Mitch was once really a guy out of his time. Supremely self-confident and debonair, he used to be an empire builder, now not dismantler, and railed opposed to the nationwide malaise he felt had gripped Britain’s political institution. Drawing on a wide range of never-before-seen archival assets and eyewitness tales, Mad Mitch’s Tribal Law tells the amazing tale of inspiring management, loyalty, and betrayal within the ultimate days of British Empire. it truly is, peculiarly, a surprising account of Britain’s forgotten struggle on terror.
By Angus Calder
The second one global conflict used to be, for Britain, a 'total war'; no portion of society remained untouched through army conscription, air raids, the delivery trouble and the struggle economic system.
In this complete and engrossing narrative Angus Calder offers not just the good occasions and best figures but in addition the eccentricities and banalities of lifestyle at the domestic entrance, and specifically the components performed through traditional humans: air raid wardens and residential Guards, manufacturing unit staff and farmers, housewives and pacifists. principally this revisionist and significant paintings unearths how, in these six years, the British humans got here towards discarding their social conventions than at any time for the reason that Cromwell's republic.
Winner of the toilet Llewellyn Rhys prize in 1970, The People’s War attracts on oral testimony and a mass of ignored social documentation to query the popularised photograph of nationwide solidarity within the struggle for victory.
By Francis Beckett
The 1984 Miners' strike used to be one of many defining moments in sleek British heritage. prime reporters David Hencke and Francis Beckett had unrivalled entry to key govt and union gamers on the middle of the tale; they've got additionally exposed fabric that the robust might have cherished to stay mystery.
By Max Adams
The 5 centuries among the tip of Roman Britain (410) and the loss of life of Alfred the nice (899) have left few voices keep a handful of chroniclers, yet Britain's ‘Dark Ages' can nonetheless be explored via their fabric remnants: constructions, books, metalwork, and, especially, landscapes.
Max Adams explores Britain's misplaced early medieval earlier via jogging its paths and exploring its lasting imprint on valley, hill and box. From York to Whitby, from London to Sutton Hoo, from Edinburgh to Anglesey and from Hadrian's Wall to Loch Tay, every one of his ten stroll narratives shape either free-standing chapters and components of a much wider portrait of a Britain of fortress and fyrd, crypt and crannog, church and causeway, holy good and memorial stone.
Part travelogue, half specialist reconstruction, In the Land of Giants deals a fantastically written perception into the lives of peasants, drengs, ceorls, thanes, priests and kings in the course of an enigmatic yet richly interesting interval of our island's heritage.
By N. A. M. Rodger
The Command of the Ocean describes with unparalleled authority and scholarship the increase of england to naval greatness, and the relevant position of the military and naval job within the lifetime of the country and executive. It describes not only battles, voyages and cruises yet how the military used to be manned, the way it used to be provided with bushes, hemp and iron, how its males (and occasionally ladies) have been fed, and exceptionally the way it was once financed and directed. It used to be in the course of the century and a part coated by way of this ebook that the winning organizing of those final 3 - victualling, funds and administration - took the military to the center of the British kingdom. it's the nice fulfillment of the e-book to teach how thoroughly built-in and together established Britain and the army then grew to become.
By Diarmaid MacCulloch, Anthony Fletcher
Completely revised and increased by way of Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, this vintage textual content now takes into consideration the fascinating and leading edge paintings performed on Tudor England in recent times. Written in a transparent and obtainable demeanour, the e-book: supplies a radical account of the successive rebellions from the reign of King Henry VII via to the demise of Queen Elizabeth in 1603, Seeks to appreciate why Tudor humans rebelled and what kind of humans have been vulnerable to take action, attracts cognizance to 'high' and 'low' politics and takes heavily the political matters of the common-or-garden and unprivileged along the the Aristocracy and gentry, presents a brand new account of the a number of disturbances of 1549: which now become way more frequent and sundry than used to be formerly apparent.
Also together with a range of basic resource files, Chronology, Who's Who of key figures and a whole color plate part, Tudor Rebellions presents a useful chronological account and research of the rebellions that affected the dominion of britain among 1485 and 1603.
By Owen Hatherley
In A consultant to the recent Ruins of serious Britain, Owen Hatherley skewered New Labour’s architectural legacy in all its witless swagger. Now, within the 12 months of the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, he units out to explain what the Coalition’s altogether assorted method of fiscal mismanagement and civic irresponsibility is doing to the locations the place the British live.
In a trip that starts off and leads to the capital, Hatherley takes us from Plymouth and Brighton to Belfast and Aberdeen, in terms of the eerie urbanism of the Welsh valleys and the much-mocked splendour of modernist Coventry. in every single place open air the substitute Southeast, the development has stopped in cities and towns, which languish as they look ahead to the subsequent bout of self-defeating austerity.
Hatherley writes with unrivalled aggression concerning the disarray of contemporary Britain, and but this is still a ebook approximately chances remembered, approximately not likely successes in the middle of doubtless inexorable failure. For in addition to trash, historic and smooth, Hatherley reveals indicators of the hopeful state Britain as soon as used to be and tricks of what it may possibly turn into.