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Written in the public glow surrounding the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Grand Delusion is a critical history of Britain'... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Written in the public glow surrounding the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Grand Delusion is a critical history of Britain's post-war 'establishment' - with the Queen and her Prime Ministers at its heart. It explores the key questions: has Elizabeth II's reign been good for the UK? Or has it represented six decades of missed opportunities, deepening inequality and failure to adapt?Stephen Haseler argues that the Queen has helped set the tone for the country, that the lavish monarchy has created a culture that has encouraged Prime Minister after Prime Minister in their delusions of grandeur, rendering them unable to adapt to the loss of empire - an 'empire fixation' that has led to mistakes from the invasion of Suez in 1956 to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and on into the tragedy in Afghanistan. A consequence has been the constant search, over 60 years, for 'a global role' as a substitute for empire - a factor which led to the creation of the over-extended finance industry in the City of London. Haseler also shows how the monarchy and establishment have validated an outdated and seemingly entrenched class-system which over the years has led to aggregations of great inherited wealth and falling social mobility and which has negatively affected Britain's economy and its capacity to innovate. The book recounts the relationships between the Queen and her twelve Prime Ministers. Many, most notably Harold Wilson and John Major, were deferential. But others, like Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair were not - and in their different ways represented a decidedly different vision of Britain to that of the Queen. Yet the Queen survived these two Prime Ministers. Thatcher's free market, middle class revolution had little time for traditional England, particularly its rural attachments. And Tony Blair's modernising agenda was incipiently republican, though, following the death of Princess Diana, it could be argued that he saved the royal family. The Grand Delusion provides a political and social history of post-war Britain which is provocative, informative and entertaining, while at the same time shedding a deeply questioning light on the essence of Britain's identity today.

Autorentext

Stephen Haseler is Emeritus Professor of Government and Director of the Global Policy Institute at London Metropolitan University. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has held Visiting Professorships at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. He has been active in public life in Britain (Labour candidate, GLC Committee Chair and founder member of the SDP) and has appeared regularly on TV (including BBC Newsnight) and radio (The Today Programme). He lives in West London. He is the author of fifteen books on British and European politics, including The Battle for Britain: Thatcher and the New Liberals (I.B.Tauris), The End of the House of Windsor (I.B.Tauris); Super-State: The New Europe and the Challenge to America (I.B.Tauris); The Super-Rich: The Unjust World of Global Capital; Sidekick: British Global Strategy From Churchill To Blair; The Death of British Democracy and Meltdown: How The Masters of the Universe Destroyed The West's Power and Prosperity.



Klappentext

In 2012, Britain and the Commonwealth celebrate the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth II's accession to the throne. The royal family have overcome a number of obstacles in its recent history, yet today it appears to be riding on a wave of popular affection. But has Elizabeth II's reign been a good thing for the UK? Or have the style, rituals and underlying culture of the modern monarchy held Britain back from its potential in the 21st century world? In this groundbreaking and thought-provoking new book, Stephen Haseler argues that the class structure which the monarchy has continued to encourage has retained outdated, yet seemingly entrenched, attitudes which have negatively affected Britain's economy, capacity to innovate and international stature. He provides an alternative political and social history of modern Britain which will be a provocative yet entertaining and informative read in the Queen's anniversary year.



Inhalt

PART I: ILLUSIONS (1945-64)
Introduction: Coronation - The New Elizabethan Age
A World Power: Bevin and Churchill
No End of a Lesson: Suez
'Plus ca Change': Class, Satire, Survival

PART II: REALITY AND CIVIL WAR ( 1968-79)
4. Falling Apart: Devaluation and Decline
5. Heath and the Dash for Europe
6. Civil War: Thatcher's Revolutionary Army
7. Civil War: Britain's Marxist Generation

PART III: THATCHER'S REVOLUTUION PART ONE: FALSE DAWN (1979-1997)
THE THATCHER REVOLUTION ( 1983-97)
8. Victory: Falklands, The Miners, The Split ( SDP)
9. Business in Power: Global Capital and the Global City
10. The Construction of a Global 'Anglo-America'
11. Radical Possibilities

PART IV: THATCHER'S REVOLUTION PART TWO: HUBIS AND BLAIR ( 1997-2007)
12. 'Simply the Best'
13. Blair's New Labour Faustian Pact
14. Blair, the Global Celebrity (Clinton and the Faustian Pact: Globalisation)
15. New Labour and Neo-Con America

PART V: THE RECKONING : CRASH AND MELTDOWN: AN AUDIT OF HUBRIS
16. Meltdown: The Crash of 2007-8]
17. The Hollowing Out of the UK
18. Disaster for the Middle Class: 'The Rich got Richer'
19. Still No Role: New Xenophobia in the Offshore Islands

Produktinformationen

Titel: Grand Delusion, The
Untertitel: Britain After Sixty Years of Elizabeth II
Autor:
EAN: 9780857722522
ISBN: 978-0-85772-252-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: I.B.Tauris
Genre: Diverses
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 30.05.2012
Jahr: 2012
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 1.1 MB