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The big political picture: a history of modern Britain draws parallels with Australia

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Marsh, I (2009) The big political picture: a history of modern Britain draws parallels with Australia. Sydney Ideas Quarterly, 2009 (May-Ju). pp. 34-35. ISSN 1836-7917

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Abstract

BOOK REVIEW
Britain since 1918
By David Marquand
Weidenfeld and Nicholson
London 2008
Reviewed by Ian Marsh
DAVID MARQUAND HAS a notable
string of literary and political
achievements to his credit. But none
matches this, his most recent study. It is
a masterwork of the craft: beautifully
conceived, stylishly executed, and
generous in iis judgements. The author's
voice is just and measured, and the
whole is framed by his strong republican
convictions.
Since suffrage became universal in
1918, this is, as the title implies, a history
of British democracy. These past 90
years occupy the bulk of this work, but
the differing meanings of democracy
that have informed statecraft had an
earlier genesis. These different traditions
constitute British political culture.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sydney Ideas Quarterly
Page Range: pp. 34-35
ISSN: 1836-7917
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2010 05:38
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
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