By Robert Skidelsky
This is the query Robert Skidelsky poses during this interesting research of a century during which Britain misplaced an empire, fought international wars, based the welfare kingdom and weathered financial turbulence and technological upheaval.
We are familiar with judging international locations by means of their good fortune in expanding or keeping strength - via those measures Britain has didn't thrive, yet what of caliber of existence, prosperity, political, cultural and ethical values?
The British everyone is richer and more healthy than in 1900. regardless of cataclysmic occasions and a few fraying on the edges, our society is extra democratic and tolerant, and our structure of liberty has been preserved, at a price. Bu inequality of wealth source of revenue is way because it used to be prior to 1914, finance is scarcely much less proud or extra content material, and background is still made via the elite.
Starting with an overview of the cloth, political, cultural and ethical assets Britain dropped at the 20th century, Skidelsky turns to how occasions and the activities of Lloyd George, Churchill, Thatcher and Blair had an influence upon them, debating the character of good fortune, and what the longer term may carry for the country.
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