By Andrew Marr
This attractive quantity tells the tale of the way the nice political visions and idealisms of Victorian Britain got here to be defeated by means of a tradition of consumerism, famous person, and self-gratification. It explains how in each one decade, political leaders discovered themselves confounded through the British humans, who regularly grew to become out to be more durable to herd than anticipated. traditionally Britain has been a rustic at the aspect first of invasion, then of financial disaster, then at the weak entrance line of the chilly battle, and later within the leading edge of the good commencing up of capital and migration. This historical past follows the entire political and financial tales of the trendy period in addition to with such social tendencies as comedy, autos, the struggle opposed to homosexuals, oil-men and punks, Margaret Thatcher’s outstanding sturdy success, political lies, and the genuine heroes of British theater.
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That made male semen very precious indeed. A man producing semen in any other context was a murderer. Masturbation was a crime against nature, let alone homosexuality. All ‘unnatural’. Nature is a Greek, not Jewish, idea. But thanks to one of the first Christian leaders, Paul of Tarsus, snatching it out of Greek philosophy, it has resounded through Christian discussion of sex. So there was a background noise in Mediterranean culture that increasingly celebrated austerity and elevated the soul above the flesh.
Errand of mercy Sometimes the former prisoners’ accounts reveal young men simply out of their depth, as is the case with this report by 2nd Lieutenant John Montford Stotesbury, 1/2 Battalion London Regiment, of being captured near Angreau. “On the 6th Nov 1918 my batt[alion] were taking part in an attack East of Valenciennes towards Mons. 30am in company with CSM [Company Sergeant Major] Harper of my own company. “The attack got held up owing to difficult country and a counter attack by the Germans on the left where our forces got further forward at the start.
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A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr