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The Making Of Modern Britain – Road To War (BBC HD Documentary)

Andrew Marr continues his rollicking account of the early 20th century, placing the era as a time of seeming innocence captured in children’s classics such as The Wind in the Willows. But we shouldn’t be fooled: „Edwardian Britain has been covered by a golden, dappled glow,“ Marr tells us, reclining in a punt on a golden, dappled river. Yet „Dark, angry storm clouds were brewing.“ The big storm was the First World War, but before that there were other rumblings – dockers‘ strikes and battles over women’s suffrage. The jittery archive clip of Emily Wilding Davison running in front of the king’s horse at Epsom is shocking to watch.