The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the present, by Roy Strong

07 September 2018


“A ‘V’ for victory arises from suburb­anised Britain” in this 1945 Labour election poster, says Roy Strong’s The Story of Britain: From the Romans to the present, first published in 1998, when a single-volume narrative his­tory of the country was a rarity. It has been extended now to include the Blairite “New Britain” and “Brexit and Beyond”. Britain is still in the phase of meritocracy, forged by the 1944 Educa­tion Act, he suggests, but “whether we are at its apogee or wit­ness­ing its decline it is too early to say” (Weidenfeld & Nicol­son, £30 (£27); 978-1-4746-0705-6)

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