The Great British Dream Factory

The Great British Dream Factory

This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to heavy metal and Coronation Street, from the Angry Young Men to Harry Potter, from Damien Hirst toThe X Factor.

Author: Dominic Sandbrook

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141979311

Category: History

Page: 688

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SPECTATOR BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2015 Britain's empire has gone. Our manufacturing base is a shadow of its former self; the Royal Navy has been reduced to a skeleton. In military, diplomatic and economic terms, we no longer matter as we once did. And yet there is still one area in which we can legitimately claim superpower status: our popular culture. It is extraordinary to think that one British writer, J. K. Rowling, has sold more than 400 million books; that Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country in the world; that James Bond has been the central character in the longest-running film series in history; that The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written (behind only A Tale of Two Cities); that the Beatles are still the best-selling musical group of all time; and that only Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books than Agatha Christie. To put it simply, no country on earth, relative to its size, has contributed more to the modern imagination. This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain's modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to heavy metal and Coronation Street, from the Angry Young Men to Harry Potter, from Damien Hirst toThe X Factor.
Categories: History

Scotland the Bold

Scotland the Bold

132 Jonathan Freeland, 'British stereotypes: Do mention the war, please!', The Guardian, 26 January 2012. 133 Ibid. 134 Dominic Sandbrook, The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination, Allen Lane 2015 ...

Author: Gerry Hassan

Publisher: Cargo Publishing

ISBN: 9781911332053

Category: Political Science

Page: 302

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How our nation has changed and why there's no going back Scotland has changed fundamentally. This story has become a familiar one, but have we yet understood its full meaning and the resulting consequences? What kind of choices do we face as a society and nation about our future, and how can we best shape them? Scotland the Bold explores how Scotland became what it is, considers what choices and obstacles it faces, identifies signs of people taking power into their own hands and addresses what we can all do to create a radically different, democratic and better Scotland. Scotland is now visibly different from the rest of the UK and the self-evidently bankrupt economic, social and political thinking that dominate British elites. Majority Scottish opinion is repulsed by a million people relying on food-banks and the prevalence of welfare sanctions in the fifth richest economy in the world. However, that doesn’t mean that Scotland is automatically morally superior - for in our own nation we have our own poverty, our own shames and silences, and our own elites. For self-government to have any meaning it entails addressing some hard and difficult truths about ourselves. All of this requires that we begin to talk honestly and maturely about Scotland’s future and some of the difficult choices we will have to make; reflecting on where we have come from, what we are proud of, mistakes, and how we do things better in the future. 'There could be no better harbinger... of possibilities than this bracing, searching, discomforting and ultimately exhilarating book.' Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times
Categories: Political Science

British Concepts of Heroic Gallantry and the Sixties Transition

British Concepts of Heroic  Gallantry  and the Sixties Transition

Sandbrook, Dominic, State of Emergency – The Way We Were: Britain 1970–1974 (London: Penguin Books, 2011). Sandbrook, Dominic, The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination (London: Penguin, 2015).

Author: Matthew J. Lord

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000382402

Category: History

Page: 288

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This book examines the relationship between concepts of heroic "gallantry," as projected by the British honours system, and the sociocultural, political, military and international transitions of the supposed Sixties "cultural revolution." In so doing, it considers how a conservative, hierarchical and state-orientated concept both evolved and endured during a period of immense change in which traditional assumptions of deference to elites were increasingly challenged. Covering the period often defined as "The Long Sixties," from 1955–79, this study concentrates on four distinct transitions undergone by both state and non-state gallantry awards, including developments within the welfare state, class and gender discrimination, counterinsurgency and decolonisation. It ultimately sheds fresh light upon the importance of postwar decades to the continued evolution of concepts of gallantry and heroism in British culture using a range of underexplored government and media archives. It will be of interest to scholars, students and general researchers of heroism in modern Britain, the Sixties revolution, postwar military history and both the social and political evolution of British honours, decorations and medals.
Categories: History

The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature 1945 2010

The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature  1945   2010

... James 64 Granta List of '20 Best of Young British Novelists' 247 Grayling, A.C. 241 Great Britain see United Kingdom The Great British Dream Factory (Sandbrook) 16 Greater London Council (GLC) xvii Greenside Estate (London), ...

Author: Deirdre Osborne

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107139244

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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This Companion offers a comprehensive account of the influence of contemporary British Black and Asian writing in British culture. While there are a number of anthologies covering Black and Asian literature, there is no volume that comparatively addresses fiction, poetry, plays and performance, and provides critical accounts of the qualities and impact within one book. It charts the distinctive Black and Asian voices within the body of British writing and examines the creative and cultural impact that African, Caribbean and South Asian writers have had on British literature. It analyzes literary works from a broad range of genres, while also covering performance writing and non-fiction. It offers pertinent historical context throughout, and new critical perspectives on such key themes as multiculturalism and evolving cultural identities in contemporary British literature. This Companion explores race, politics, gender, sexuality, identity, amongst other key literary themes in Black and Asian British literature. It will serve as a key resource for scholars, graduates, teachers and students alike.
Categories: Fiction

The British Superhero

The British Superhero

Mark Garnett, From Anger to Apathy: The Story of Politics, Society, and Popular Culture in Britain since 1975 (London: Vintage, ... Dominic Sandbrook, The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination ...

Author: Chris Murray

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496807380

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Chris Murray reveals the largely unknown and rather surprising history of the British superhero. It is often thought that Britain did not have its own superheroes, yet Murray demonstrates that there were a great many in Britain and that they were often used as a way to comment on the relationship between Britain and America. Sometimes they emulated the style of American comics, but they also frequently became sites of resistance to perceived American political and cultural hegemony, drawing upon satire and parody as a means of critique. Murray illustrates that the superhero genre is a blend of several influences, and that in British comics these influences were quite different from those in America, resulting in some contrasting approaches to the figure of the superhero. He identifies the origins of the superhero and supervillain in nineteenth-century popular culture such as the penny dreadfuls and boys' weeklies and in science fiction writing of the 1920s and 1930s. He traces the emergence of British superheroes in the 1940s, the advent of "fake" American comics, and the reformatting of reprinted material. Murray then chronicles the British Invasion of the 1980s and the pivotal roles in American superhero comics and film production held by British artists today. This book will challenge views about British superheroes and the comics creators who fashioned them. Murray brings to light a gallery of such comics heroes as the Amazing Mr X, Powerman, Streamline, Captain Zenith, Electroman, Mr Apollo, Masterman, Captain Universe, Marvelman, Kelly's Eye, Steel Claw, the Purple Hood, Captain Britain, Supercats, Bananaman, Paradax, Jack Staff, and SuperBob. He reminds us of the significance of many such creators and artists as Len Fullerton, Jock McCail, Jack Glass, Denis Gifford, Bob Monkhouse, Dennis M. Reader, Mick Anglo, Brendan McCarthy, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, and Mark Millar.
Categories: Social Science

The Crimean War and its Afterlife

The Crimean War and its Afterlife

Making Modern Britain Lara Kriegel. Rose, Sonya. Which People's War?: National Identity and Citizenship in Britain, 1939–1945. Oxford University Press, 2003. ... The Great British Dream Factory. Allen Lane, 2015. Sasson, Tehila.

Author: Lara Kriegel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108901710

Category: History


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The mid-nineteenth century's Crimean War is frequently dismissed as an embarrassment, an event marred by blunders and an occasion better forgotten. In The Crimean War and its Afterlife Lara Kriegel sets out to rescue the Crimean War from the shadows. Kriegel offers a fresh account of the conflict and its afterlife: revisiting beloved figures like Florence Nightingale and hallowed events like the Charge of the Light Brigade, while also turning attention to newer worthies, including Mary Seacole. In this book a series of six case studies transport us from the mid-Victorian moment to the current day, focusing on the heroes, institutions, and values wrought out of the crucible of the war. Time and again, ordinary Britons looked to the war as a template for social formation and a lodestone for national belonging. With lucid prose and rich illustrations, this book vividly demonstrates the uncanny persistence of a Victorian war in the making of modern Britain.
Categories: History

British Civilization

British Civilization

The Working Class in England, 1875–1914, London: Croom Helm 6 Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth: The 2015 ... in Britain, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 16 Sandbrook, D. (2016) The Great British Dream Factory, ...

Author: John Oakland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429846779

Category: History

Page: 388

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Thoroughly updated and revised, the ninth edition of the highly regarded British Civilization: An Introduction continues to be the ideal textbook on Britain, its country and people, religion, politics and government, international relations, legal system, economy, education, media and culture for students of British studies. Examining central structural features of British society, the book provides an introduction to British civilization that highlights its history of cultural, geographical and human diversity. The book includes: Expanded discussion of Britain’s current political climate and international relations through an examination of the 2016 Brexit referendum, the subsequent general election and Brexit negotiations up to April 2019 Discussion of the ever-shifting economy from a global perspective Opinion polls and surveys that provide an insight into the attitudes of British people to the conditions in which they live and operate today Exercises, questions, and suggestions for further reading and useful websites that stimulate class discussion and provide a springboard upon which students can develop their own independent study. Supported by a companion website (, a long-ranging chronology, full-colour illustrations, useful figures, exercises and discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading, it is the perfect introduction to the crucial and complex nature of British civilization, culture and society, past and present.
Categories: History

Britain and the European Union

Britain and the European Union

Sandbrook, D. (2015) The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination, London: Allen Lane. Sanders, D. (1990) Losing an Empire, Finding a Role: British Foreign Policy since 1945, Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Author: David Gowland

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315463520

Category: LAW

Page: 428

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This engaging and concise text offers the student and the general reader a compact, readable treatment of British membership of the European Union from 1973 to the present day. It provides a highly distilled and accessible analysis and overview of some of the parameters and recurring features of Britain’s membership of the European Union, touching on all of the major facets of membership. Key features: examines the constant and changing character of British membership of the European Union (EU) discusses the problematical and often paradoxical features of membership familiarizes the reader with both academic and public debates about the subject offers thematic treatment of all aspects of policy and attitudes towards the EU provides an overview of the main landmarks in the history of the EU since 1973 presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date text on the course and result of the EU referendum campaign. This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and the generally interested reader in the areas of European Studies, British Politics, EU Studies, Area Studies and International Relations.
Categories: LAW

Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema

Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema

Sandbrook, D. (2006), White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties, London: Little, Brown. Sandbrook, D. (2015), The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of our National Imagination, London: Penguin.

Author: Farmer Richard Farmer

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474423144


Page: 416

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Over half a century on, the 1960s continue to generate strong intellectual and emotional responses - both positive and negative - and this is no less true in the arena of film. Making substantial use of new and underexplored archive resources that provide a wealth of information and insight on the period in question, this book offers a fresh perspective on the major resurgence of creativity and international appeal experienced by British cinema in that dramatic decade. Transformation and Tradition in 1960s British Cinema is the first scholarly volume on this period of British cinema for more than twenty-five years. It provides a major reconsideration of the period by focusing on the central tensions and contradiction between novelty/revolution and continuity/tradition during what remains a highly contentious period of cultural production and consumption.

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation

Dominic Sandbrook, The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination (London, 2015), pp. 57–8. 60. Bob Rowthorn, 'Imperialism in the Seventies – Unity or Rivalry?', New Left Review 1 (September–October ...

Author: David Edgerton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141975962

Category: History

Page: 720

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From the acclaimed author of Britain's War Machine and The Shock of the Old, a bold reassessment of Britain's twentieth century. Itis usual to see the United Kingdom as an island of continuity in an otherwiseconvulsed and unstable Europe; its political history a smooth sequence ofadministrations, from building a welfare state to coping with decline. Nobodywould dream of writing the history of Germany, say, or the Soviet Union in thisway. David Edgerton's major new history breaks out of the confines of traditionalBritish national history to redefine what it was to British, and to reveal anunfamiliar place, subject to huge disruptions. This was not simply because ofthe world wars and global economic transformations, but in its very nature. Until the 1940s the United Kingdom was, Edgerton argues, an exceptionalplace: liberal, capitalist and anti-nationalist, at the heart of a European andglobal web of trade and influence. Then, as its global position collapsed, itbecame, for the first time and only briefly, a real, successful nation, with shared goals, horizons andindustry, before reinventing itself again in the 1970s as part of the EuropeanUnion and as the host for international capital, no longer capable of being anation. Packed with surprising examples and arguments, The Rise and Fall of theBritish Nation gives usa grown-up, unsentimental history which takes business and warfare seriously,and which is crucial at a moment of serious reconsideration for the country andits future.
Categories: History