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What We Have Lost: The Dismantling of Great Britain
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James Hamilton-Paterson
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What We Have Lost: The Dismantling of Great Britain

James Hamilton-Paterson


Head of Zeus

British & Irish history;
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000;
Industrialisation & industrial history;
Industry & industrial studies


368 pages

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James Hamilton-Paterson turns his literary and analytical skills to the wider picture of Britain's lost industrial and technological civilisation.

Between 1939 and 1945, Britain produced around 125,000 aircraft, and enormous numbers of ships, motor vehicles, armaments and textiles. We developed radar, antibiotics, the jet engine and the computer. Less than seventy years later, the major industries that had made Britain a global industrial power, and employed millions of people, were dead. Had they really been doomed, and if so, by what? Can our politicians have been so inept? Was it down to the superior competition of wily foreigners? Or were our rulers culturally too hostile to science and industry? James Hamilton-Paterson, in this evocation of the industrial world we have lost, analyzes the factors that turned us so quickly from a nation of active producers to one of passive consumers and financial middlemen.

By:   James Hamilton-Paterson
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781784972356
ISBN 10:   1784972355
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Hamilton-Paterson is one of Britain's most versatile writers. He won a Whitbread Prize for his novel Gerontius and is the author of Marked for Death, Eroica and Blackbird.

PRAISE FOR EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS: 'A magnificent account ... Brimful of racy incident and exquisitely written' Ian Thomson, Evening Standard. 'The best book I have read about the post-war British aircraft industry' Daily Mail. 'Conjures up a vanished golden age of British flying innovation' Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times/i> Book of the Year.

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