Andy Hindmoor is a professor and Head of the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is the editor of the journal Political Studies, an associate editor of New Political Economy, and is also the author of several books, including Rational Choice (Palgrave 2015, co-written with Brad Taylor) and What's Left Now? (OUP 2018). He is winner of the 2014 Harrison Prize for the best article in Political Studies, and winner of the 2015 prize for the best article published in the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
As Britain considers its future, this timely book examines in some style and at great pace our recent past. As Hindmoor makes clear, modern Britain has been forged through great economic, political, social and demographic changes, and by the changing world around us. This is an important contribution towards our understanding of who we are and where we go next. * Nick Timothy, The Daily Telegraph * A dozen pivotal days in the last half-century are recounted with clarity and insight. Hindmoor concludes that ideas are important, Britain is more socially liberal, and political disagreements should be encouraged. * Discover Britain Magazine * Breezy yet fact-filled, the book is a masterpiece of compression. * Christopher Bray, The Tablet * This is an imaginative and creative way of not only gaining the interest and attention of students and wider readership but also of rooting the significance of major recent events to offer a wider perspective on their impact. * Lord Blunkett * Hindmoor's twelve historic days provide him with a unique set of vantage points from which to survey, with clarity of vision and carefully calibrated judgments, the long as well as the short term factors shaping modern British politics. * Paul Addison, University of Edinburgh * This book explores in depth fragments of British political history from the last few decades and makes a sum that is greater than the parts. We are left with a clearer understanding of how we got to our post Brexit impasse. Readers are also reminded that history is being made again, in front of their eyes, with all its messy mix of ideas, interests and contingency. In that sense the book can help us understand the present and future as much as the past. * Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton *