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Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain


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Hi Pals,

Can't see this being mentioned before. May be a good watch.

With magical archive footage and vivid storytelling, Andrew Marr explains why fears of a German invasion were stoked by the popular press. He also shows how the radical new Liberal Chancellor, David Lloyd George, faced a very modern dilemma: pensions or battleships, welfare or warfare? With the birth of flight and the movies, this is also a story of magnificent men in their flying machines, and future Hollywood stars Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel touring together across Britain.

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Regards,

Garry

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Had the pleasure of working on some of this series - there will be some WW1 coverage coming up in the next episode.

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Good programme. AM made the point that it took 250,000 British troops to overcome 60,000 Boer farmers. Makes you wonder why we felt confident of beating the Germans a decade later.

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Not a bad programme. An iteresting point about the mass communication newspapers of the day.

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QUOTE (Phil_B @ Oct 29 2009, 08:49 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good programme. AM made the point that it took 250,000 British troops to overcome 60,000 Boer farmers. Makes you wonder why we felt confident of beating the Germans a decade later.

Largely because the Army and the politicians took trouble to see what had gone wrong in South Africa, and instituted reforms to correct the mistakes. Practically the whole of the Army was dragged through some form of modernisation process between 1902 and 1914. The Germans, however, had not made major changes since 1871. But after 1918 they too learned from their WW1 mistakes, and produced the Wehrmacht of 1939, whereas the British were less keen to improve on what they thought, with some justification in 1918, was a good Army.

The programme was, I thought, a good start to a promising series.

Ron

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