Britannia's Burden

The Political Evolution of Modern Britain 1851-1990
Author(s): 
Porter, Bernard
ISBN: 
0340561971
Date published: 
September 1994
Paperback
Pages: 
488

Bernard Porter's lively and astringent new history traces the origins of most of the problems that confront Britain today back to the 'golden age' of the 1850s. The seeds of decline, he argues, were already there, in the ground, in 1850. There is a refreshing awareness in these pages of the fusing of past and present, of the longevity of certain powerful characteristics in British life, and of their interrelatedness.