Peter Clarke brilliantly challenges the commonly held view of Britain in the twentieth century as a nation in decline. Adopting a wide perspective, he examines the political. social and economic changes that transformed Britain. He looks at how jobs and prices, food and shelter, and education and welfare, shaped society and explores such areas as architecture, sport and popular culture. Embracing a century of national experience, Hope and Glory superbly conveys the diverse aspects of three generations who lived through unparalleled change.
The Mughal Dynasty dominated India for three centuries, rivalling the greatest rulers of Europe and the East in its power and splendour. Under such enlightened rulers as Akbar the Great in the 16th century and Jahangir and Shah Jahan in the 17th century, this vast Muslim Empire covered an area from the Kashmir and Afghanistan in the north and west to the Deccan in the south at its height. The English East India Company set up its operations in India after being granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I in 1600 and it developed into an organisation powerful enough to raise its own army and conquer more and more territory. This book focuses on the key events from the reign of the Emperor Shah Jahan, who masterminded the creation of the Taj Mahal between 1631 and 1653, through to the final demise of the Mughal Dynasty and the rise and ultimate takeover by the British in 1858, marking the beginning of the Raj, which would rule over India until 1947. Interspersed throughout the book are short sections in italics that describe other relevant major world events happening at that time to give some context with what was happening in India.
Britain in the 20th century is in many senses uncharted territory for historians, territory by and large left to sociologists and political theorists. In a series of essays on British political leaders from Gladstone and Salisbury through Lloyd George, Churchill and Attlee to Thatcher, Peter Clarke looks at the questions of how individual leaders have shaped the history of the UK, interacting with the social and economic forces beloved of sociologists, tackling the questions of how important is political leadership, and how much is history determined by socio-economic trends and how much by the decisions of individuals.
In the midst of our current economic crisis, we peer anxiously into an uncertain future and try to put things in perspective by looking to the past. One name above all keeps on cropping up: John Maynard Keynes, who first came to public attention on both sides of the Atlantic in the early 1920s, when the depression in Britain engaged his attention, with the argument that unemployment needed a radical remedy. And then came the great meltdown of 2008, which caused the ideas of the economist to be rediscovered and rehabilitated. Engaging and authoritative, Keynes explores the often misunderstood man in the context of his own life and times, and explores the significance of his groundbreaking ideas today.
"The unique visual approach ofHow to be Good at Mathsmakes basic maths easier to understand than ever before, with short, simple explanations that demystify even the most challenging topics. Find out how much you would weigh on Jupiter, calculate the average age of your football team and even use pizza to understand pesky fractions. Unlike other maths workbooks, How to be Good at Mathsintroduces each topic with colourful pictures, real-life examples and fascinating facts. Making maths fun and easy, it is ideal for reluctant mathematicians or for revising before a test. CONTENTS A Numbers- sequences, ordering, multiples, fractions, decimals, percentages, ration, scaling A Calculating- additio...
A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year for 2017 'War, comrades,' declared Trotsky, 'is a great locomotive of history.' He was thought to be acknowledging the opportunity the First World War had offered the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia in 1917. Twentieth-century warfare, based on new technologies and mass armies, certainly saw the locomotive power of war geared up to an unprecedented level. Peter Clarke explores the crucial ways in which war can be seen as a prime mover of history in the twentieth century through the eyes of five major figures. In Britain two wartime prime ministers – first David Lloyd George, later Winston Churchill – found their careers made and unmade by t...
'Maths Call' features teaching resources which provide 10-20 minute class activities for either the beginning or plenary stages of the daily maths lesson. Each title contains 30 activities, which focus on a particular framework objective.