Ein Portrait eines aufwühlenden Abschnitts der englischen Geschichte: Andrew Marr zeichnet das britische Leben in der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts nach. Zum einen wurde die Insel von den zwei Weltkriegen erschüttert; zum anderen bewegte sich die politische Bühne von den edward´schen Rauchersalons zum mehr und mehr demokratischen Westminster hin. Die Briten experimentierten mit extremen politischen Ideen wie dem Sozialismus, Faschismus, Feminismus. Zudem ergriffen Moden und Marotten wie die Eugenik, der Vegetarismus und der Nudismus die Nation. Gleichzeitig wurden die Medien, wie wir sie kennen, und der Wohlfahrtsstaat aus der Taufe gehoben. Eine Geschichte von seltsamen Kulten, ökonomischem Wahnsinn, Revolutionären und heldenhaften Erfindern, sexuellen Experimenten und lärmenden Bühnenheldinnen...
This book offers a history of modern Britain since the late 1970s. Twelve chapters take as their starting-point one particularly important day in recent British history and describes what happened on that day and what happened as a result of that day.
Like the other Sasek classics, these are facsimile editions of his original books. The vibrant illustrations have been preserved, remaining true to his vision, and where applicable facts have been updated, appearing on a ´´This is...Today´´ page at the back of each book. The charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek´s witty, playful narrative, make for perfect souvenirs that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember them from their own childhood. This is Britain, first published in 1974, encompasses the nation´s many facets, from the mystery of Stonehenge to the monuments of the British Isles. Among his stops are the White Cliffs of Dover; Brighton´s Prince Regent´s Royal Pavilion; the castles and Tintern Abbey in Wales; and Scotland´s four Royal Palaces and long lochs. This is Israel, first published in 1962, visits the Promised Land, a sun-drenched panorama of many hues and many traditions. From the Sea of Galilee to the Red Sea (it´s really blue); from modern Tel Aviv to Jerusalem new and old; from Mt. Zion to King Solomon´s mines; Sasek presents the biblical glory of its past and the golden hope of its future.
Britain´s Birds will be enjoyed and valued by everyone, from beginner to experienced birder. One of the most comprehensive, up-to-date and practical bird books of modern times, it features an unrivalled selection of photographs showing all the plumages you are likely to see. Focusing on identification, and containing maps, facts and figures on numbers and distributions, this breakthrough publication was devised by a team of lifelong birdwatchers, all with many years´ experience of showing people birds and producing user-friendly field guides.
Simon Schama brings Britain to life through its portraits, as seen in the five-part BBC series The Face of Britain and the major National Portrait Gallery exhibition Churchill and his painter locked in a struggle of stares and glares; Gainsborough watching his daughters run after a butterfly; a black Othello in the nineteenth century; the poet-artist Rossetti trying to capture on canvas what he couldn´t possess in life; a surgeon-artist making studies of wounded faces brought in from the Battle of the Somme; a naked John Lennon five hours before his death. In the age of the hasty glance and the selfie, Simon Schama has written a tour de force about the long exchange of looks from which British portraits have been made over the centuries: images of the modest and the mighty; of friends and lovers; heroes and working people. Each of them - the image-maker, the subject, and the rest of us who get to look at them - are brought unforgettably to life. Together they build into a collective picture of Britain, our past and our present, a look into the mirror of our identity at a moment when we are wondering just who we are. Combining his two great passions, British history and art history, for the first time, Schama´s extraordinary storytelling reveals the truth behind the nation´s most famous portrayals of power, love, fame, the self, and the people. Mesmerising in its breadth and its panache, and beautifully illustrated, with more than 150 images from the National Portrait Gallery, The Face of Britain will change the way we see our past - and ourselves.
This unique book presents the story of the pioneering manufacturing company Ferranti Ltd. - producer of the first commercially-available computers - and of the nine end-user organisations who purchased these machines with government help in the period 1951 to 1957. The text presents personal reminiscences from many of the diverse engineers, programmers and marketing staff who contributed to this important episode in the emergence of modern computers, further illustrated by numerous historical photographs. Considerable technical details are also supplied in the appendices. Topics and features: provides the historical background to the Ferranti Mark I, including the contributions of von Neumann and Turing, and the prototype known as The Baby ; describes the transfer of technologies from academia to industry and the establishment of Ferranti´s computer production resources; reviews Ferranti´s efforts to adapt their computers for sale to business and commercial markets, and to introduce competitive new products; covers the use of early Ferranti computers for defence applications in different government establishments in the UK, including GCHQ Cheltenham; discusses the installation and applications of Ferranti computers at universities in the UK, Canada, and Italy; presents the story of the purchase of a Ferranti Mark I machine by the Amsterdam Laboratories of the Shell company; details the use of Ferranti Mark I computers in the UK´s aerospace industry and compares this with the American scene; relates the saga of Ferranti´s journey from its initial success as the first and largest British computer manufacturer to its decline and eventual bankruptcy. This highly readable text/reference will greatly appeal to professionals interested in the practical development of early computers, as well as to specialists in computer history seeking technical material not readily available elsewhere. The educated general reader will also find much to enjoy in the photographs and personal anecdotes that provide an accessible insight into the early days of computing.
This edited collection examines the concept and nature of the ´people´s martyrology´, raising issues of class, community, religion and authority. It examines modern martyrdom through studies of Peterloo; Tolpuddle; Featherstone; Tonypandy; Emily Davison, fatally injured by the King´s horse on Derby Day, 1913; the 1916 Easter Rising; Jarrow, ´the town that was murdered, and martyred in the 1930s´; David Oluwale, a Nigerian killed in Leeds in 1965; and Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker who died in 1981. It engages with the burgeoning historiography of memory to try to understand why some events, such as Peterloo, Tonypandy and the Easter Rising, have become household names whilst others, most notably Featherstone and Oluwale, are barely known. It will appeal to those interested in British and Irish labour history, as well as the study of memory and memorialization.
How did the Victorian era - the epoch when the modern democratic state was made - understand democracy, parliamentary representation, and diversity? Here, Gregory Conti examines how the Victorians conceived the representative and deliberative functions of the House of Commons and what it meant for parliament to be the ´mirror of the nation´.
The definitive account of the contest between Britain´s Robert Scott and Norway´s Raoul Amundsen for the most coveted prize in the age of modern exploration: Antarctica. ´´One of the great debunking biographies.´´--´´The New York Times Book Review.´´ Recounts the efforts of Scott, a British explorer, and Amundsen, a Norwegian, to be the first to reach the South Pole